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Edward Snowden wins Whistleblower of the Year Award… in Germany

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From Jon:

Edward Snowden awarded with German ‘Whistleblower Prize’
IBM Live / Press Trust of India
July 25, 2013


Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who exposed the most extensive US global surveillance operations, was on Thursday awarded this year’s German “Whistleblower Prize” worth USD 3,900 in absentia.

“Mr Snowden has done a great public service by exposing the massive and unsuspecting monitoring and storage of communication data by US and other western intelligence agencies, which cannot be accepted in democratic societies,” Berlin-based whistleblower prize jury said in a statement.

Top secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked by Snowden since the beginning of June “made it possible and unavoidable” intensive investigations to establish whether the operations of domestic and foreign intelligence services have violated the existing rules applicable to them, the jury said. (more…)