Snowden stands for British uni rector

Edward Snowden is standing as a candidate for rector of Glasgow University in Scotland after students nominated him for exposing US intelligence secrets, the university said Wednesday.

The former contractor for the US National Security Agency (NSA), who is in hiding in Russia, is standing against cyclist Graeme Obree, writer Alan Bissett and clergyman Kelvin Holdworth.

A group of students at the university said Snowden had accepted their invitation to stand, which was made through his lawyer.

The group said Snowden's candidacy is an "opportunity to show our gratitude to a brave whistleblower, and thus to all other whistleblowers".

"All nominees have personally agreed to take part in the election" of the new rector on February 17 and 18, the university said in a statement.

The post of rector mainly involves representing the university's students. The successful candidate is expected to attend meetings with the governing body and other authorities.

Previous holders include Winnie Mandela and Israeli whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu. The current holder is former Liberal Democrat party leader Charles Kennedy.

Snowden received temporary asylum in Russia in August -- a move that infuriated the United States -- and is believed to be living in the Moscow area.

In an interview with the New Yorker published Tuesday Snowden rejected suggestions he was a Russian spy, saying he acted alone in exposing US surveillance programmes.

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Discussion 1 : 23/01/2014 at 06:14 PM
The US privacy watchdog, The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversights Board has just ruled that the bulk collection of phone and Internet data collected by US Intelligence Agencies is illegal and has only quote "minimal" benefits of preventing terrorism. They advised that the program should end. I think that this justifies the revelations made by Edward Snowden, and makes him more than worthy of an award.
Discussion 2 : 23/01/2014 at 05:06 AM
Give it to him, and the minute he enters UK, lock him up for good and throw the keys. This guy is a traitor, not a hero
Discussion 3 : 22/01/2014 at 09:26 PM
This is excellent news, as it is a chance for Edward Snowden's contribution to Human Rights to be recognized and awarded in the UK. Without his bravery the governments of the USA and UK may never have had the opportunity for a full and open debate on their Global mass surveillance activities. I think that the Guardian newspaper deserves recognition too.

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