Support The Moscow Times!

Snowden Elected As Rector at British University

Snowden has been elected as rector at University of Glasgow. Diliff
U.S. security leaker Edward Snowden said he was he was honored to be elected as a representative for Glasgow University students, though he is unlikely to travel to Britain to become a working rector, a news report said.

"I am humbled by and grateful to the students of Glasgow University for this historic statement in defense of our shared values," Snowden told Britain's The Guardian on Tuesday.

"This election shows that the students of Glasgow University intend to lead the way, and it is my great honor to serve as their rector," he said.

The victory in Tuesday's election is largely symbolic because U.S. criminal charges against Snowden make it unlikely that he would be able to travel to Britain, which has an extradition treaty with the U.S.

Snowden called his election a vote for academic freedom.

"In a world where so many of our developing thoughts and queries and plans must be entrusted to the open internet, mass surveillance is not simply a matter of privacy, but of academic freedom and human liberty," Snowden said.

Glasgow students earlier said they had contacted Snowden through his lawyers. The former NSA contractor, who is staying in Russia under temporary asylum, accepted the nomination last month.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.