Hans-Christian Stroebele, a member of Germany’s opposition Green party, said he met former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday. He is expected to give details of the secret meeting later.
Stroebele, a well-known maverick in German politics, posted a picture of himself with Snowden on Twitter. He said on his website that Snowden gave him a letter addressed to German authorities which he will present in Berlin later today.
Speaking about Snowden in an interview on German television station ARD, Stroebele said: “He made it clear he knows a lot and that as long as the National Security Agency (NSA) blocks investigations… he is prepared to come to Germany and give testimony, but the conditions must be discussed.”
Germany’s government was one of many that rejected an asylum request from Snowden earlier this year.
Meanwhile Snowden will start a new job working for a Russian website later this month, according to lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.
Snowden’s revelations about the reach and methods of the NSA, including the monitoring of internet traffic and phone records, have angered US allies from Germany to Brazil. Admirers call him a human rights champion and critics denounce him as a traitor.
Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong.