RootsAction, Norwegian PEN and Networkers South-North are launching a campaign and petition at 4pm local time today in support of bringing Edward Snowden to Norway in order to receive the Ossietzky Prize in November this year. The petition’s initial signatories include Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Daniel Ellsberg, Marit Arnstad, Jesselyn Radack, Arne Ruth, Ola Larsmo, Coleen Rowley, Thomas Drake, Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Marjorie Cohn, William Binney, William Nygaard, John Kiriakou, Moddi og Mari Boine.
To coincide with the release of Laura Poitras’ film CitizenFour, which documents the causes, motivations and consequences of Edward Snowden’s momentous act of whistleblowing, Edward Snowden gave a number of new interviews and video appearances in the US and UK.
For the past five months the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has been conducting an investigation into electronic mass surveillance of, and conducted by, EU member states. This inquiry, prompted directly by Edward Snowden’s revelations, held the first of its fifteen hearings on 5 September 2013 and is now making amendments to the draft report prepared by Inquiry rapporteur, MEP Claude Moraes.
Originally posted 11 October 2013 on WikiLeaks
Six video clips of Edward Snowden receiving the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence have been released by WikiLeaks. The award was presented to him by ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
In the videos Snowden comments: “People all over the world are realising that these [surveillance] programs don’t make us more safe. They hurt our economy, they hurt our country, they limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative; to have relationships, to associate freely.”
He continues: “We have an executive of the Department of Justice that’s unwilling to prosecute high officials who lied to Congress and the country on camera, but they’ll stop at nothing to persecute someone who told them the truth. And that’s a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy.”
Watch the videos here: http://wikileaks.org/Video-Edward-Snowden-wins-Sam.html
Presented on 9 October 2013 in Moscow
Edward Snowden was presented with the Sam Adams Award this Wednesday in Moscow. The award was given to him by US whistleblowers Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley and Ray McGovern. The award recognises integrity in the intelligence community, represented by a candlestick “for someone who has shone bright light into dark corners”.
McGovern commented: “He’s convinced that what he did was right. He has no regrets. And he’s willing to face whatever the future holds for him.”
Radack noted that, despite it being a dangerous time for whistleblowers in the US, more and more continue speaking out.
Awarded on 8 July 2013
Edward Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Integrity Award on 8 July 2013. The Sam Adams Associates praised him for his decision to reveal the extent of mass surveillance by the NSA.
Thomas Drake, himself a former NSA senior executive and whistleblower, called Snowden’s actions “an amazingly brave act of civil disobedience”.
The Sam Adams Associates are a group of former intelligence officers turned whistleblowers and previous award-winners include Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.