The Greens-European Free Alliance faction in the European Parliament announced on Wednesday that it had nominated ex-CIA contractor Edward Snowden for the Freedom of Thought Sakharov Prize this year.
It said on its website, citing the faction's co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Dany Cohn-Bendit that, "with this nomination, our group's intention is to acknowledge the enormous service Edward Snowden has done for human rights globally and for European citizens."
"Edward Snowden has risked his freedom to help us protect ours and he deserves to be honored for shedding light on the systematic infringements of civil liberties by US and European secret services. Instead of being given asylum in the EU, he has been abandoned by cowardly European governments," the posting says.
Each political faction in the European Parliament has the right to nominate a candidate for the Andrei Sakharov prize.
The European Parliament's international affairs committee and human rights sub-committee subsequently meet to select three finalists.
The faction leaders will meet in October to make the final choice.
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