EU parliamentarians nominate Snowden for human-rights prize
posted at 10:59 am on September 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
He’s up for the Andrei Sakharov prize, to be specific, which honors the famous Soviet dissident who endured eight years of internal exile rather than seek asylum abroad. Greens and left-wing MEPs nominated Edward Snowden for the award:
Green and left-wing lawmakers on Wednesday nominated US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
Snowden, who has sought asylum in Russia, “deserves to be honored for shedding light on the systematic infringements of civil liberties by US and European secret services,” leaders of the parliament’s Greens group Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms said in a statement.
“Snowden has risked his freedom to help us protect ours,” they added.
Only if you think living in Russia under Vladimir Puin’s hospitality is risking his freedom. Well …
Actually, this makes sense. The EU has certainly vented considerable outrage over the reach of the NSA in Europe, even though the US apparently has plenty of partners in Europe for the data, and even though the NSA is explicitly a signals-intelligence agency tasked with monitoring the whole world. The only argument for Snowden’s defense of human rights comes from his exposure of domestic surveillance activities, and the jury is still out on that score.