MOSCOW — Four whistleblowing advocates from the United States met with Edward Snowden in Moscow Wednesday and gave him an award for truth-telling — a provocative gesture, given that the U.S. government has accused Snowden of causing grave harm to national security.
The activists from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, an organization of former national security officials, praised Snowden for shining light on a secret government surveillance program.
Whistleblowers, officials have argued, go through official channels first and only blow a whistle if their assertions are ignored. Snowden revealed secret U.S. surveillance without making any attempt to register official complaints, they say.
Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August. He has not been seen in public since he left Sheremetyevo Airport, where his father arrived Thursday .
Source: Washington Post