Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Will the European Parliament Honour Edward Snowden? In a Way They Already Have.

NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, is a finalist for this year's Sakharov Prize, awarded annually by the European Parliament to those who "combat fanatacism, intolerance or oppression."

Also in the running this year are "a group of jailed Belarusian political activists representing “all Belarusian political prisoners,” and Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl from Swat Valley who survived Taliban assassins who had marked her after she advocated education for girls. The winner will be picked by Oct. 10 by the Parliament’s president and the leaders of the body’s political groups.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/01/203815/nsa-leaker-snowden-among-finalists.html#storylink=cpy

Snowden's nomination and shortlisting are enough to rile Washington.   The Euros knew that when they let him through to the finals.

The European Parliament is the only directly elected body within the European Union setup, and its selection of Snowden provides an insight into how his revelations are viewed in Europe, even as he faces criminal charges in the United States.
 
Dominique Moisi, an expert on European-American relations at the French Institute for International Relations, cautioned that the nomination says more about the nominating parties than about a broader European view. But even he acknowledged that the inclusion of Snowden in the final three underscores a major difference between the United States and Europe.

“Perhaps it says that with the NSA scandal, the United States has isolated itself among democratic countries,” he said.

My guess is that Malala will win.  It's hard to imagine the Euros wanting to goad the Americans badly enough to award the prize to Snowden.  Then again, who knows?

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/01/203815/nsa-leaker-snowden-among-finalists.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/01/203815/nsa-leaker-snowden-among-finalists.html#storylink=cpy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mound, if Snowden doesn't "win" in the end, Malala will only be able to teach approved political propaganda to her students....