Since leaking sensitive documents in May 2013, Edward Snowden a former Central Intelligence Agency employee and National Security Agency contractor, has been granted temporary asylum in Russia. He is since as a hero or a traitor and if he does return back to the USA, he will face prosecution, including two espionage acts and possibility put behind bars. Laura 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.
Edward Snowden is to be awarded the Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling along with filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras, who has aided the whistleblower in disclosing numerous documents about government surveillance. This annual event honors acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice and illuminate a more just vision of global civil society. This is the 10th year the prize has been given and presented. The organization is 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. The awards will be presented on April 30 at the Washington Press Club. Snowden and Poitras will appear via a video link.
While the United States continues to debate metadata collection conducted in secret by the National Security Agency, the European Union has been openly collecting the same sort of data for eight years.
EU high court strikes down metadata collection law Citizens made to feel that they “are the subject of constant surveillance.”