- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Edward Snowen, the former National Security Agency contractor billed as both patriot and traitor for releasing information about the federal government’s surveillance operations, has won the “alternative Nobel.”

The 2014 Right Livelihood Award’s honorary portion was split between Mr. Snowden and Alan Rushbridger, editor of British newspaper The Guardian, which ran exclusives about Mr. Snowden’s revelations, Politico reported.

The award created was in 1980 to honor efforts that founder Jacob von Uexhull thought were being lost in the mix.

It’s not clear if Mr. Snowden will be able to make the December ceremony in Stockholm, Politico reported.

“We will start discussions with the Swedish government and his lawyers in due course to discuss the potential arrangements for his participation,” Mr. von Uexkull told The Associated Press.

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