Germans See Snowden As Hero But Don't Favor Asylum: Poll

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November 07, 2013 AT 7:23 AM
Most Germans consider Edward Snowden a hero for revealing secret U.S. monitoring of its allies' communications, including Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone, but are less sure about the idea of giving him asylum, according to a new poll. German Lawmaker Hans Christian Stroebele. Six out of 10 people polled for public broadcaster ARD said they admired the former U.S. spy agency contractor, against 14 percent who thought of him as a criminal. But only 46 percent were in favor of offering Snowden political asylum in Germany, with 48 percent against. Merkel is unlikely to agree to asylum for a man branded a traitor by many in the United States.