A group of civil rights organizations in Germany are awarding Edward Snowden with a prize for whistleblowing. They decry his treatment by the US and want Germany to offer him aslyum.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is understood to have been nominated for the prestigious accolade. All recommendations must be posted to Norway by Monday and the prize will be awarded in October.
The European Parliament has called for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition. The American surveillance whistle-blower was granted asylum in Russia in 2013 after exposing mass surveillance by the US.
Winners of this year's Alternative Nobel Prize have been honored. Awards went to advocates of two communities threatened by climate change, as well as a gay rights campaigner and an Italian surgeon working in war zones.
Edward Snowden has said British spies can hack into mobile phones using text messages. The whistleblower also said he has offered to serve prison time in the US if the country were to let him return from exile in Russia.
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