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Snowden, Poitras honored with Ridenhour truth-telling award

Published time: April 07, 2014 10:59
Edward Snowden.(AFP Photo / Channel 4)

Edward Snowden.(AFP Photo / Channel 4)

Edward Snowden is to be awarded the Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling along with filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras, who aided the whistleblower in disclosing numerous documents about government surveillance.

The annual accolade honors acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society. This is the 10th year the prize has been presented. It was established by the Nation Institute and the Fertel Foundation in honor of the investigative journalist Ronald L. Ridenhour, who helped expose the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War.

Since leaking scores of sensitive documents in Hong Kong in May 2013, Snowden - a former Central Intelligence Agency employee and National Security Agency contractor - has been granted temporary asylum in Russia. If the 30-year-old returns to the USA, he will face prosecution, including two espionage acts and is likely to spend decades behind bars.

Poitras was the first to establish encrypted contact with Snowden and helped to initiate safe lines of communications with other journalists. This would eventually lead to the exposure of the National Security Agency's vast surveillance operation.

The investigative journalist had been detained at US borders since 2004, following her work in Iraq. Poitras began work on a documentary about surveillance in 2011, focusing on NSA whistleblowers William Binney and Thomas Drake. Her experience in this field meant she was the perfect ally that Snowden needed to try and expose illegal US surveillance programs.

The awards will be presented on April 30 at the Washington Press Club. Efforts are being made to have both Snowden and Poitras, who is based in Berlin, appear via a video link.

Comments (32)

 

Dave J. 14.04.2014 20:28

Tom 08.04.2014 06:35

Blue... I am not a CIA spy my family and I are just hard working Americans making a living Farming and Ranching. I sir do have honor and respect my fellow neighbor requardless of his beliefs. Snowden is a spy and should be executed for his crimes not different than what they would do to a spy caught in Russia.

  


Tom, whatever you think you are, you are very gullible and have been mis/disinformed by our gov and MSM. You'd rather be abused by a tyrannical gov without limits than have someone inform you of the truth.

 

Socrates 08.04.2014 13:55

Hi, Tom:
Snowden is a hero and not a spy. What he did aws done for people like you, hard working Yankees who pay their taxes so your country can go and destroy life in other countries like they did in South and Central America in the 70s and 80s. Like they did in Vietnam, Laos and Camboya, like they did in Yugoeslavia, Irak, Libya, Siria and now they are doing it again in Ukraine. Mr Sowden is a hero, a real one. Try to educate yourself, live the flag in the basement and get out of your tiny box so you can open your mind and see other boxes.

 

Zeitgeisttt 08.04.2014 13:54

Vladimir Vernadski 08.04.2014 11:04

I ... but will his message really change the world?

  


It all ready has in many ways such as Canada is going to now to keep all email on a Canadian servers eg: no spying from a yahoo and google server

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