Freedom Prize For Edward Snowden?
Just when you though NSA traitor Edward Snowden had exhausted his 15 minutes of fame now comes word that the Snowden is up for an award. Well, if President Obama can get a Nobel Peace Prize for winning an election, then surely Snowden is entitled to some less well-known prize for betraying his country?
The European Parliament established the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1988 to “honor individuals or organizations for their efforts on behalf of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
This year, however, the EU risks discrediting the prize if it is given to one of the three shortlisted finalists: former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of classified American and British spying operations and has since gained asylum in Russia.
Missing in [the nomination statement] is any consideration of democratic governments’ need to keep secrets. It is also worth stressing that the countless “revelations” Mr. Snowden leaked to the Guardian and other media outlets have shown no deliberate violations of the law on the part of American or British officials.
Instead, the lawbreaking was done by Mr. Snowden himself, who justified his actions by comparing his erstwhile colleagues in the American intelligence community to Nazis.
Rendering Mr. Snowden’s actions even more dubious is his collaboration with WikiLeaks, the anarchist Internet collective whose founder, Julian Assange, deliberately leaked the names of Afghan informants cooperating with coalition troops and hosted a show on Kremlin propaganda channel RT.
Awarding the prize to Mr. Snowden, who has betrayed an open society and sought refuge in an increasingly closed one, would dishonor the legacy of [the prize]. Block quote credit JAMES KIRCHICK “Freedom Prize for Snowden Would Be a Travesty” Wall Street Journal 10/9/13
A freedom prize for the 29 year-old high school drop-out? Edward Snowden betrayed the trust put in him by the Unites States of America. He violated the confidentiality terms of his employment. He is a traitor deserving of a lengthy jail term, or, at the very least, a long and miserable existence in Russia. – Grizzly Joe