Snowden awarded by Germans for 'courage and conscience'

The German city of Kassel has awarded American whistle-blower Edward Snowden for the “courage and conscience” that he showed in spilling US secrets.

Snowden “with courage, competence and reason has taken a conscience decision and put his past life and safety at stake for a bigger thing,” the organizers said, awarding him the Glass of Reason, worth 10,000 euros.

The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, wanted in the US for spilling state secrets, currently lives in Russia under asylum granted by President Vladimir Putin .

During his tenure at NSA, Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of classified top secret US documents and then published them. The documents exposed the huge extent of US spying across the world, on friends and foes alike.

The publication of the documents dealt a heavy blow to the US government, causing it an international scandal.

(L-R) FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, NSA Director Admiral…

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