Snowden's potential prize
PARIS — The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, considered Europe's top human rights award, has been bestowed on luminaries like Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. This year, in a slap against Washington, the award could go to former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden.
The European Parliament nominated Snowden for the prize late Monday. Others in contention include Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl who was 14 when she was shot by the Taliban last October but survived to become a potent voice in the struggle for education rights for women.
The nomination of Snowden is the latest in a series of rebukes from European lawmakers upset with the Obama administration's foreign policies, including its surveillance program.
New York Times