Edward Snowden wins 2013 Whistleblower Award
The man who revealed a massive U.S. Internet and telephone surveillance program has been honored with a prestigious prize.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is this year's recipient of the 2013 Whistleblower Award.
Journalist and Internet activist Jacob Appelbaum spoke on behalf of Snowden after speaking to the whistle blower on the phone.
"He wanted me to talk about hope for change," Appelbaum said. "This reminded me of something that one of the greatest American whistle blowers to ever live is famous for saying—and that is Daniel Ellsberg. He said, 'Courage is contagious.' "
Appelbaum added: "Each and every one of us has the ability to stand against corruption, to stand against war crimes, to stand against things that are obvious lies that are done in our name. And it happens for each and every one of us when we choose it in each of the actions we do every single day."
The award presented every two years by the Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler) and the German Section of the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.
This year for the first time, Transparency International also contributed to the prize.
On YouTube, the award is described in this way:
With the award persons are honored, who reveal malpractices and dangerous developments for humans and society, democracy, peace, and the environment. Due to the courageous actions of Edward J. Snowden the world has gained insights into the surveillance and espionage practices of intelligence agencies.
Every single one of us can be affected by them at any time and without there being any grounds for suspicion.
The pressing problems associated with whistleblowing are analyzed in a festive dedication to the honorable Edward Snowden....Through this ceremony, the awarding organizations wished to strengthen their demand to the German government to offer US citizen Snowden, in gratitude and all sincerity, accommodation and protection in Germany.