The Guardian Names Edward Snowden Person of the Year
5:13 AM PST 12/9/2013 by Scott Roxborough
The American whistleblower was the overwhelming favorite for the honor, as voted on by readers of the British newspaper.
The Guardian newspaper has named U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden its person of the year.
This was the second year running that The Guardian's top newsmaker honor went to an American whistleblower. Chelsea Manning, who was given a 35-year jail sentence in July for violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses connected to his leaking of classified documents to WikiLeaks, was The Guardian's Person of the Year 2012.
Snowden's revelations about the NSA's extensive programs of telephone and Internet surveillance has been front page news for The Guardian for months. The left-of-center newspaper was itself a key player in the revelations. In May, after leaving the U.S. for Hong Kong, Snowden met with Guardian journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill to hand over the documents that exposed the NSA programs. Snowden then went into exile, eventually seeking asylum in Russia.
The Guardian said its readers were impressed by "his personal sacrifice, as much as his revelations."