Snowden Is Nominated for Human Rights Award ; Leftists and Greens in Europe Put Him on List for Sakharov Prize

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The U.S. fugitive who leaked secret documents has been nominated by the European Union along with figures from Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

The Sakharov Prize, considered Europe's top human rights award, has been given in past years to such luminaries as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. This year, the award could go to Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of secret documents.

The European Parliament late on Monday nominated Mr. Snowden for the prize, along with Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani girl who advocated for women's education and was shot and wounded by the Taliban in October 2012; the jailed Russian businessman Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky; and Erdem Gunduz, an artist who helped inspire the mass protests this year in Taksim Square in Istanbul against the Turkish government's perceived authoritarianism.

Mr. Snowden, 30, who has received temporary asylum in Russia, has been charged in the United States with espionage and theft. But the Green and leftist members of the European Parliament, who nominated him, praised him for his courage. …

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