Snowden on winning the alternative Nobel prize
via The Guardian
Edward Snowden issues a recorded statement after being awarded Sweden’s Right Livelihood Honorary Award, dubbed the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’. The National Security Agency whistleblower says he accepts the award on behalf of those who risked their lives to help ‘resist unlawful and disproportionate mass surveillance’. He says the award serves as a ‘vindication’ for such efforts.
Any contribution that I have made has been a result of the efforts of some many other people working in journalism, in activism, in the human rights communities, in the civil rights communities, in the technical communities who recognised long before I did what was coming and why it was so important to stop it.
…The list of freedoms that any society enjoys is always equal to those that we are ready to defend.