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The European Parliament voted Thursday in support of a resolution that calls on member states to protect Edward Snowden from extradition, reports CNN.
The vote, which has no legal force, was 285-281. The resolution urges nations to drop criminal charges and "consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender."
On Twitter, Snowden called the vote a "game-changer."
"This is not a blow against the US Government, but an open hand extended by friends. It is a chance to move forward," he wrote.