NSA leaker Edward Snowden nominated for human rights award - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

NSA leaker Edward Snowden nominated for human rights award

In a June 9 photo, NSA leaker Edward Snowden revealed his identity as the leaker of the NSA's surveillance programs. (Source: The Guardian/MGN Online) In a June 9 photo, NSA leaker Edward Snowden revealed his identity as the leaker of the NSA's surveillance programs. (Source: The Guardian/MGN Online)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

    Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:05 PM EST2018-02-25 03:05:35 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 5:07 AM EST2018-02-25 10:07:42 GMT
    (AP Photo/Christophe Ena). Ivanka Trump waves during the third heat of the four-man bobsled competition final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena). Ivanka Trump waves during the third heat of the four-man bobsled competition final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.
    The U.S. president's daughter and adviser says her visit to the Olympics is "so incredibly inspiring" and is expressing gratitude at the chance to watch competition and "be here with our allies in South Korea.".More >>
    The U.S. president's daughter and adviser says her visit to the Olympics is "so incredibly inspiring" and is expressing gratitude at the chance to watch competition and "be here with our allies in South Korea.".More >>
  • China proposes removing 2-term limit for president

    China proposes removing 2-term limit for president

    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:05 AM EST2018-02-25 09:05:47 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 5:06 AM EST2018-02-25 10:06:52 GMT
    China's official news agency says the ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country's president and vice president.More >>
    China's official news agency says the ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country's president and vice president.More >>
  • Syrian capital, its suburbs calm after UN cease-fire vote

    Syrian capital, its suburbs calm after UN cease-fire vote

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:55 AM EST2018-02-25 07:55:49 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 5:06 AM EST2018-02-25 10:06:22 GMT
    (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle). Members of the United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously appr...(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle). Members of the United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously appr...
    Syrian activists, residents: Damascus and its suburbs relatively calm after Security Council's cease-fire resolution.More >>
    Syrian activists, residents: Damascus and its suburbs relatively calm after Security Council's cease-fire resolution.More >>

(RNN) – Exiled Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who remains in Russia after fleeing charges of espionage and theft in the U.S., has been nominated for a freedom award by European politicians.

Legislators in the European Parliament on Monday nominated Snowden, 30, for the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

"Through his action, Mr. Snowden revealed systematic and widespread violation of fundamental rights, notably freedom of expression and the right to privacy... and triggered a ground-breaking, global debate on issues of mass surveillance, government secrecy and information privacy," the nomination stated.

Snowden, one of seven nominees, would be the first American to win the award. Other nominees include the CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery; and Malala Yousafzi of Pakistan. Yousafzi is the outspoken Pakistani schoolgirl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban after speaking out against the terrorist group's ban of girls going to school.

Past winners include former South African President Nelson Mandela and 2011 Arab spring activists. Mandela was the first winner of the award in 1988.

The award was named after Russian physicist and 1975 Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov, who is known as the "father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb." His Nobel Prize came after the former USSR called him a "subversive dissident" because he fought for the human rights of political victims.

The prize for the award is 50,000 Euros, or $65,000, and will be announced on Oct. 10.

Snowden still remains in Russia, living "under guard" in an unknown location, according to The Guardian. Snowden is wanted by the United States after leaking top-secret government documents to The Guardian in June.

Snowden gathered the documents, involving the collection of phone and email data, while working as a security contractor with NSA. He initially fled to Hong Kong after leaving the U.S., and later went to Russia, where he has remained until being granted temporary asylum on Aug. 1.

Follow me on Twitter @TanitaG_RNN.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly