NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been elected leader of the student government at the University of Glascow, according to a Feb. 18 report on MSN.com. The position is formally known as rector, but it is doubtful that Snowden will appear in person to receive his honors. The former NSA contractor, wanted by the United States government for releasing documents that shed light on the government’s surveillance of Internet and telephone conversations, has been living in Russia where he has been granted temporary asylum.
Like Winnie Mandela, a previous elected leader at the University of Glascow, it was never expected that Snowden would be there. He was elected as a “statement about democratic rights.” The students referred to Edward Snowden as a “whistle-blower” in their statement, quoted by MSN.com:
"We showed Edward Snowden and other brave whistleblowers that we stand in solidarity with them, regardless of where they are.”
There has been a dual nature to this story from the beginning. There is one side of the argument that insists that Snowden is no less than a traitor in the American tradition. Meanwhile, he is heralded as a hero by those who are very concerned about government over-reach.
Regardless of the true nature of his actions, he is now the symbolic head of the student group at University of Glascow.
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