Edward Snowden Finally Emerges
NSA whistleblower accepts award for integrity in intelligence
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2013 4:25 PM CDT
Edward Snowden accepts an award for integrity in intelligence with former US intelligence officials.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – With Edward Snowden's dad visiting Russia, the NSA whistleblower emerged from hiding today to be photographed and accept an award for "integrity in intelligence," the AP reports. Sporting an open-necked blue shirt and black suit, Snowden smiled in a photo with the award's presenters: British Wikileaks reporter Sarah Harrison and US activists who have worked for the NSA, the Justice Department, the CIA, and the FBI. Later, they refused to disclose the location of the meeting but said Snowden was in good spirits and appeared unfettered by Russian authorities.

"He spoke very openly about a whole range of things, a number of which I won't get into here, but it certainly didn't involve any kind of manipulation by the Russian government or anyone else for that matter," said Jesselyn Radack, an ex-Justice Department official who now helps protect whistleblowers. Former NSA official Thomas Drake said Snowden "spoke about going out and about and getting to understand Russia and its culture and the people. This is where he lives now, and so where you live is your home."

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Oct 12, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
I, like most of us (should be all of us) love my country. No country has ever been greater or more free than the USA. Sadly this obama govt has taken away many of our freedoms and much of our privacy. Some were lost under Bush and many, many more under this poser. What scares me is the NEXT president. Snowden is not necessarily a hero. In fact he may be a bit of a coward. However he did see a wrong and tried to right it. For that I give him credit. I sincerely hope and pray the next POTUS believes in and restores our Constitution.
Oct 12, 2013 9:41 AM CDT
Good for him! Screw the despotic, illegitimate ovomit regime. The more power is stripped from big gov't, the better.
Oct 12, 2013 8:15 AM CDT
Snowden should have waited for the government shutdown to make his disclosures. Then he would have very likely been able to travel where he pleased, maybe even continue using his same email provider.