Here's my full statement, refusing to appear as a witness before the German Bundestag "investigation" into NSA spying (See: and

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I am very supportive of any attempt by the German Parliament to conduct a serious investigation into NSA spying on Germans.

Unfortunately, German politicians have demonstrated, with their refusal to interview the key witness in person - Edward Snowden - that they care far more about not upsetting the U.S. than they do about conducting a serious investigation.

As a result, I am not willing to participate in a ritual that is intended to cast the illusion of an investigation, but which is actually designed to avoid any real investigation, placate the German public with empty symbolism, and keep the culprit - the U.S. Government - happy.

In the event that the German Parliament finds the courage to do what it should obviously do - interview Snowden in person, on German soil, regardless of how the U.S. Government would react - I would be happy to reconsider this invitation.

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