NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will be awarded the Right Livelihood Award, a Swedish honor often called “the alternative Nobel Prize”, along with the editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, which published his revelations.
The two will split the honorary portion of the award for their work in exposing the U.S. government’s widespread surveillance programs, the award foundation announced today. There’s a little problem in getting him to Sweden, seeing as Snowden is currently in exile in Russia and faces up to 30 years in American prison if apprehended, but Snowden’s lawyers hope to have him attend the ceremony. “We will start discussions with the Swedish government and his lawyers in due course to discuss the potential arrangements for his participation,” the Foundation’s director, Ole von Uexkull, told the AP.
Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Awards honors “those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today,” and was actually designated by creator Jacob von Uexkull to recognize people whose work did not fall into the Nobel Prize Foundation’s already-existing categories. According to multiple reports, however, Snowden might get a Nobel Prize anyway.
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