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German president says whistleblowers like Snowden merit respect

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July 26, 2013 AT 11:28 AM
Weighing in on a debate that could influence September's federal election, Germany's president Joachim Gauck said whistleblowers like U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden deserved respect for defending freedom. Gauck words struck a very different tone from that of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has assured Washington that Berlin would not shelter Snowden.