Edward Snowden awarded Bjornson Prize for speaking truth to power

Raw Story reports that yesterday the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression awarded the Bjornson Prize to Edward Snowden “for his work protecting privacy and for shining a critical light on US surveillance of its citizens and others.” Bjornson was a Norwegian poet and champion of peasant farmers who was known for his passionate call-to-action speeches. He spoke truth to power and was forced to flee Norway to avoid arrest and prosecution for High Treason in the late 1870s, but was welcomed back in 1882. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1903 and is regarded as a national hero in Norway. The prize also includes a 100,000 Kronen award ($12,700).

Last year Snowden was awarded Sweden’s Right Livelihood Award and he has been nominated again this year to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I can think of no one who is more deserving, except possibly Chelsea Manning.

Even though the secret NSA bulk metadata collection program that Snowden publicly disclosed has been declared unlawful and eliminated by the Freedom Act, the Obama Administration continues to vilify him as a traitor and claim that his disclosures have harmed the United States. Of course, there is no evidence to support that claim. Nevertheless, unlike Bjornson, who was welcomed back by his native Norway after tempers cooled, the Obama Administration and its Department of Justice remain stubbornly committed to prosecuting Snowden for allegedly violating the 1917 Espionage Act that Congress passed to criminalize spying on behalf of foreign powers, namely Germany.

The charge is utterly ridiculous and the Obama Administration should have the decency to drop it and welcome him back. He is a true patriot and genuine American hero.

With each passing day that he is forced to remain in exile to avoid political persecution, the stench of politically motivated prosecutions against whistleblowers together with the Obama Administration’s refusal to prosecute those who tortured and murdered in our names threatens to engulf and consume Obama’s legacy.

It does not have to be this way. President Obama still has time to do the right thing.

7 Responses to Edward Snowden awarded Bjornson Prize for speaking truth to power

  1. Greg Beasley says:

    According to some Intel sources, Snowden stole all the files from the NSA via a satellite uplink. He supposedly did this for 2-3 years continuous transfer. There is supposedly a big intel dump coming soon and it will be the end of the Cabal. The Cabal is what people in Intelligence and the Military call the Illuminati or Power Elite.

  2. Greg Beasley says:

    Before I say anything, I’m not a big conspiracy theorist and like to see hard evidence before believing things. Veterans Today has been covering the Snowden revelations and more recently. Top Zionists and the Mossad in Israel have been using nuclear blackmail to control the world. The nukes were stolen many years ago by the Bush family from Pantex, TX and given to Israel. There is a brand new NSA data-center in Jerusalem where there are getting all data in real-time. They are literally committing mass espionage on the American people, politicians, and corporations. The Jewish people would be horrified if they knew what their government was doing. There is proof that almost all bombings in the past 15-20 years have been micro-nukes.

    Unlike the crazy man Alex Jones who is believed to be a fear-spreading shill working for DHS or COINTELPRO to protect Israel, Veterans Today has several columnists who are ex-Intel and ex-Military people with connections all over the world.

  3. Malisha says:

    I am now wondering how many racist white cops are sexually inadequate chubby incompetents who really wish they could openly be gay and who, in their emotionally cowardice, really want to sexually dominate Black men so they can assure themselves of both masculinity and superiority. Yeah. Remember that Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner in New York, had been accused of pulling down Black men’s pants and fondling their genitals. Now we find this Eric Casebolt, before attacking a teen-aged girl in a bikini, was sued for the “pants down cop a feel” action on Black suspects he had stopped for a traffic violation (parking!). The lawsuit against Casebolt was dismissed in a very common “get rid of this lawsuit” tactic: they charged the plaintiff with a crime and threatened him with ten years in prison unless he dismissed the case. This usually works. It leaves guys like Casebolt on the street to continue to harass, attack, assault, sexually importune and victimize citizens.

    What a thoroughly dirty, disgusting, filthy, evil, rotten, unredeemable court system we have.

  4. Malisha says:

    Have you folks seen the video of Eric Casebolt enforcing his supremacy (and the supremacy of the white residents) on teen-agers at a summertime party?


  5. Jacque says:

    I greatly admire Mr. Snowden. It took courage to do what he did. I hope he is welcomed home as the hero he is someday soon. He deserves the Nobel Peace Prize more than Obama.

  6. I hope the rest of the civilized world continues to put pressure on the USA for many of it’s actions. We’re like an unruly teenager compared to the more mature and longer-lived nations of the world.

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