July 27 - Hundreds of Germans called on their government to offer political asylum to Edward Snowden, the man accused of revealing critical details about the U.S.'s surveillance program. Deborah Gembara reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~** **~ In Germany, support for Edward Snowden. Thousands gathered in Berlin and Frankfurt to call on their leaders to offer him safe haven. SOUNDBITE: Member Of The Union Of Associations For Victims Of Communist Violence (Uokg), Ronald Brauckmann saying: "Mr Snowden has fought for human rights and this is a reason to get asylum in a democratic country like Germany." The demos were also a chance to weigh in on the U.S.'s surveillance operation (Various of people with "Stop Watching us" sign) Officials confirmed last month that they have two secret programs -- Prism and Tempora, which mine data from Google, Facebook and Skype. Snowden is seen as a hero to many here for his role in revealing the operation's existence. SOUNDBITE: Protest Organiser, Steffen Aumueller aaying: "We are demonstrating against Prism and Tempora and solidarity with whistleblowers like Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning and we want that they become free and they will be protected by our government." This week, Snowden sought temporary asylum in Russia and Moscow says it refused to extradite him.