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Edward Snowden awarded Carl von Ossietzky medal

Announced on 14 October 2014, Awarded on 14 December 2014

Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald have been announced as the recipients of the 2014 Carl von Ossietzky medal. The Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte, founded in 1914, awards the prize at least once every two years to “people or groups who stand out for their exceptional courage and commitment to the realisation, defence and expansion of fundamental and human rights and peace.”

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Edward Snowden gives keynotes in Berlin and Washington DC

Over the past week, Edward Snowden has spoken at conferences organised for lawyers and journalists to improve professional understanding of surveillance issues and countermeasures.

On Friday 7 November, Snowden answered questions from Trevor Timm and Chris Soghoian at an event designed to encourage news organisations to improve their digital security. The #EncryptNews conference was organised by the Freedom of the Press Foundation in association with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Open Technology Institute and held in Washington DC.

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Edward Snowden introduces CITIZENFOUR in Leipzig

On Monday 27 October, Edward Snowden gave a short introduction to Laura Poitras’ documentary Citizenfour, on the occasion of its screening at Leipzig’s Dok Leipzig film festival.

As the ACLU point out in their write-up, Leipzig’s history as the place where the demonstrations that the brought the down the Berlin wall started, forms the background to Edward Snowden’s short statement.

A full transcript follows below

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US Sites with NSA Personnel in Germany

This undated document lists the locations of US-operated signals intelligence stations in Germany (some have been redacted): see the Der Spiegel article The NSA in Germany: Snowden’s Documents Available for Download, 18 June 2014.

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NSA’s Counterterrorism (CT) Relationship with the German Foreign Intelligence Service (BND) and the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV)

This background document, prepared by NSA officials in advance of a conversation with representatives of Germany’s domestic (BfV) and foreign (BND) intelligence services, outlines the continuing cooperation between the three agencies in the field of counterterrorism. Extracts from this document were published by Der Spiegel in July 2013: see the Der Spiegel article New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden’s Germany File, 18 June 2014.

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Courage launches with a message from Edward Snowden

Courage – the organisation that runs Edward Snowden’s official defence fund and this website – held its launch event in Berlin on 11 June 2014.

Edward Snowden sent a message to the event, in which he recognised the importance of “a new and growing level of solidarity among civil liberties groups” in generating momentum against mass surveillance and for the prorection of truthtellers.

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Edward Snowden awarded 2014 Berliner Award for Civic Courage

Announced on 5 May 2014, awarded on 22 June 2014

Edward Snowden has been named as the first recipient of the Berliner Prize for Civic Courage, which recognises his “courageous advocacy of democracy and civil rights.” Mr Snowden has said he is “very honoured” to have been chosen for the Prize, which was formally awarded at a public ceremony in Berlin on 22 June 2014, the day after his birthday. Courage Acting Director Sarah Harrison accepted the award on Mr Snowden’s behalf.

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