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article imageBaltasar Garzón has chosen not to represent Edward Snowden

By Anne Sewell     Jun 27, 2013 in World
While he will still continue to represent Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, Baltasar Garzón has chosen not to act on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's behalf.
According to Spanish media, Garzón, who is a renowned former human rights "superjudge", announced on Wednesday that his firm has declined to represent US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Garzón, who is famous for trying to extradite Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet from Britain in 1998, is currently the legal director for the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks has been instrumental in organizing Snowden's exit from Hong Kong over the weekend. However, despite being involved with WikiLeaks, Garzón's firm, ILOCAD, has decided not to take on the Snowden case.
Digital Journal had reported recently that Garzón had released a press statement on the WikiLeaks website, stating that Snowden had requested his legal advice, but saying he would require more information before making any decision in this regard.
However, without giving an explanation, Garzón, who is the law firm's director, stated on Wednesday:
"This serves to state that the law firm ILOCAD has decided not to represent Mr. Snowden, whose whereabouts are unknown."
Garzón did say that his firm would continue to represent WikiLeaks founder Assange "as senior legal counsel in the defense of the fundamental right to freedom of information and expression."
Garzón does, however, believe in whistleblower protection and did state that he is "satisfied" with a draft resolution by the legal affairs and human rights committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, which states that people who disclose criminal acts in the public interest should be protected from retaliation and persecution from those who commit them.
Some media is speculating why Garzón said that Snowden's whereabouts are unknown, as WikiLeaks has stated that both Snowden and WikiLeaks representative Sarah Harrison - who reportedly works directly with Garzón - are safe and well and that they would not disclose the location. Possibly WikiLeaks chose not disclose the location to their legal counsel.
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