Snowden's exile in Russia is already a geopolitically inflamed case, and the lawsuit against Norway can have an impact both on his legal status, on the whistleblower institute as such and on the power of the surveillance state. Ny Tid has spoken with William Nygaard, chairman of the board of Norsk PEN, about the background for Edward Snowden being awarded the Ossietzky Prize. "We want to honor him for his independence and integrity, and his willingness to do something that costs him a lot without any agenda other than following his own conscience," says Nygaard. "His clairvoyance, the fact that he sees the consequence of what such rampant surveillance can do to our societies, is very important, and it must be made visible."
PEN is a partner in Snowden's lawsuit, and has been endorsed by Norwegian press organizations. "The charges against him are that he has betrayed his country – but if the offenses for which he is sought to be extradited have political content, he cannot be extradited under the Extradition Act," Nygaard explains.
The Norwegian state, for its part, is trying to get the Oslo District Court to dismiss the lawsuit on the basis of. . .
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