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Snowden elected leader of students at UK school

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:32 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2014

LONDON » Former National Security Agency contractor and Waipahu resident Edward Snowden was elected Tuesday as the official representative of the student body at the University of Glasgow.

Students at the institution say that they nominated Snowden to make a statement about democratic rights.

"We showed Edward Snowden and other brave whistleblowers that we stand in solidarity with them, regardless of where they are," they said in a statement.

Snowden, who leaked documents disclosing details of U.S. spies' surveillance of the Internet and telephone communications, has received temporary asylum in Russia.

Glasgow students had earlier said they contacted Snowden through his lawyers and he agreed to stand for the job, known as rector.

Previous rectors at the university include Winnie Mandela, who was elected though students knew that she would not be able to travel to Glasgow.

Given that Britain has an extradition treaty with the United States, where Snowden is wanted on criminal charges, it is most unlikely that he would choose to come.

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saywhatyouthink wrote:
Traitor ... sooner or later we'll get him and drop him in a hole for the rest of his natural life. He'll never be safe anywhere in the western world. It's ironic really that the only countries willing to help him are the worse offenders in the world when it comes to human rights, individual freedom and censorship of the news media.
on February 18,2014 | 08:46PM
droid wrote:
Time will show that you and all Barack Obama robots will be on the wrong side of history. Edward Snowden is a HERO and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. What's ironic is that the NSA and CIA found a perfect collaborator in this president — a product of the intelligence community who was groomed for the position.

Obama is a Wall Street lackey and his administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than ALL OTHER PRESIDENTS COMBINED. Snowden — whose only “crime” is exposing UNCONSTITUTIONAL and therefore ILLEGAL domestic spying by the NSA — will be safe because most people in the world do NOT think like your N@zi @ss.
on February 20,2014 | 11:52AM
HD36 wrote:
Thank you for telling us the Truth Edward Snowden. You are a hero and a brave man to stand up for the Constitution of the United States in a time when our liberties mean nothing to a centrally planned government.
on February 18,2014 | 09:27PM
HD36 wrote:
Preservation of the fourth ammendmants right to privacy and unreasonable search and seizure is what this is about. The reason the founders of the Constitution put it in was to protect citizens from the government. Prior to the revolution British solders would break into the colonist's house for no reason and search around for anything they might use against you for defying the King of England.
on February 18,2014 | 09:39PM
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