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article imageEdward Snowden receives coveted 2013 Sam Adams Award (video)

By Anne Sewell     Oct 11, 2013 in World
Moscow - Edward Snowden, NSA Whistleblower, has received the Sam Adams Award for 'Integrity in Intelligence' in Moscow from a group of fellow whistleblowers. The group is interviewed on the video. Snowden's father is also in town visiting his son.
On October 9, a group of whistleblowers presented the Sam Adams Award for 'Integrity in Intelligence' to Edward Snowden, former NSA Whistleblower, now living in Russia.
In the video above, RT interviews the various whistleblowers involved in the award of the prize. Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project, NSA whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and FBI agent Coleen Rowley give an update on how Snowden is doing.
Most are previous recipients of the Sam Adams Award, a symbolic candlestick given annually by a group of retired CIA officers. The full list of recipients of the award can be read here.
When the group is asked in the interview if they, or Snowden, regret what they have done in the past, which has drastically changed their lives, most say that they have no regrets. The only one with regrets is McGovern, who says he could have done more and wished that he had. He has not received the Sam Adams Award and says that he does not deserve it.
As reported on Digital Journal, Snowden has also recently become a finalist for the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought awarded by the European Parliament.
Receiving the Sam Adams Award is a significant achievement, as it is an endorsement by former intelligence workers of his actions as a whistleblower.
Snowden revealed massive dragnet US surveillance worldwide in June 2013, and had to flee to Russia later that month as an asylum-seeker.
Jesselyn Radack says that the award also offered a rare glimpse of a stateless American deprived of his passport and forced into asylum abroad. Radack, now National Security & Human Rights Director for the Government Accountability Project (GAP), called this a worldwide “trend” and noted:
"Mr. Snowden is not free to go where he wants. Laura Poitras is living in Germany and does not feel she can return to the US without being detained. I believe Glenn Greenwald harbors similar concerns because his partner was detained. These are all Americans who are being penalized for telling the truth and practicing journalism. Also, WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison is stranded in Russia with Mr. Snowden because of the prospect of being detained on terrorism charges in the UK. It's abhorrent.”
When asked about Snowden's health and general demeanor, Radack said:
“Edward looks great. He's centered, articulate, and closely following the issues, both in the United States and globally.”
She also relayed Snowden's positive descriptions of Russia and the US:
“He is grateful he was granted asylum by Russia after being rendered stateless by the US government. He loves America and wants to see it returned to its democratic ideals, which are completely antithetical to a closed and secret society that make for turn-key tyranny. In the meantime, he is integrating and adapting to his new life in Russia.”
Beatrice Edwards, GAP Executive Director stated:
“It’s clear that people of conscience within the intelligence community - people who are clearly in-the-know - condone Mr. Snowden’s actions.”
“This one fact speaks volumes and we expect to know more in the coming days.”
The Daily Mail has a photo of Edward Snowden receiving the Sam Adams Award.
On October 10, Snowden's father arrived for a visit with his son and was interviewed on arrival at the airport in Moscow:
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