Awarded on 16 December 2014
Edward Snowden has been given this year’s Winston award by Dutch NGO Bits of Freedom “for his contribution to promoting the right to privacy and his invaluable influence on the privacy debate.” The prize was awarded at the group’s annual Big Brother Awards in Amsterdam at which Edward Snowden spoke by video link.
In his comments, Edward Snowden referred to proposed Dutch legislation that would provide new expansive authorities for cable interception.
Two images from an NSA presentation describe Dutch-US cooperation in an international mission against Somali pirates in which signals intelligence was used to map contacts and support a naval mission. Identifying and technical details have been redacted: see the NRC Handelsblad article The secret role of the Dutch in the American war on terror, 5 March 2014.
This partially redacted report dated 14 February 2013 summarises a meeting between the NSA and the Dutch intelligence agencies MIVD and AIVD: see the NRC Handelsblad article Dutch intelligence agency AIVD hacks internet fora, 30 November 2013.