|And we, in good conscience, shouldn't let them.|
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According to the Guardian UK, Snowden was not physically able to attend the ceremony, as he considered it a threat to his safety (he is wanted on charges under the Espionage Act in the United States, whose notorious record of "renditions" would have rightly worried Snowden.) However, he spoke with the committee via teleconference from Moscow, where he is currently living in exile. In a show of solidarity for Mr. Snowden's deplorably alienated circumstances, none of his family members would accept the award in his absence, noting only that someday Snowden himself should be able to do so.
|Informed and angry. He's not wrong.|
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The award jury noted that Snowden was being commended “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights."
|No one cares you have nothing to hide. Something can be used against you.|
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President Barack Obama, who did not comment on Snowden's award, had previously campaigned with a strong intent to protect American whistleblowers.
|They spelled Obama's name wrong, but everything else about this is sadly correct.|
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