There are still a lot of ignorant worshipers of the state who see Edward Snowden as a traitor I think a majority of the people who have heard of him recognize him for what he is: a hero. And while the United States government tries to find a way to get Snowden back stateside so he can be given the Chelsey Manning treatment other governments are giving him award:
Whistleblower Edward Snowden received several standing ovations in the Swedish parliament after being given the Right Livelihood award for his revelations of the scale of state surveillance.
Snowden, who is in exile in Russia, addressed the parliament by video from Moscow. In a symbolic gesture, his family and supporters said no one picked up the award on his behalf in the hope that one day he might be free to travel to Sweden to receive it in person.
His father, Lon, who was in the chamber for what was an emotional ceremony, said: “I am thankful for the support of the Right Livelihood award and the Swedish parliament. The award will remain here in expectation that some time – sooner or later – he will come to Stockholm to accept the award.”
I also hope that he can someday leave Russia and claim is award. Sadly the wrath of the United States government is long lived and Snowden will likely die of old age before his transgressions are forgotten.