Edward Snowden has emerged as being an unusually popular person worldwide. His popularity helps to convey what type of shared negative mindset about the policies of the US government exists among millions, if not billions, of people across the world in this era. The Guardian reported on Dec. 9, 2013, Snowden has been voted Guardian person of the year 2013. This is the second year in a row this American whistleblower dealing with abuses of power by the US government has been voted the Guardian's person of the year.
Snowden has leaked about 200,000 files which have exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of phone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies. He was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted for this years Guardian person of the year award. Snowden got 1,445 of the votes.
The Washington Times reports that Snowden has been voted person of the year by the readers of The Guardian, which is a British newspaper. Snowden has leaked thousands of documents to the press, much of it directly to The Guardian, dealing with the NSA’s deep-reaching, intelligence gathering activities. After Snowden began blowing the whistle on how far this has really gone, Russia gave him asylum earlier this year.