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Snowden bids to become rector of British university

Published on Jan 22, 2014 8:44 PM
 
Edward Snowden is standing as a candidate for rector of Glasgow University in Scotland after students nominated him for exposing US intelligence secrets, the university said on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP/CHANNEL 4

LONDON (AFP) - Edward Snowden is standing as a candidate for rector of Glasgow University in Scotland after students nominated him for exposing US intelligence secrets, the university said on Wednesday.

The former contractor for the US National Security Agency (NSA), who is in hiding in Russia, is standing against cyclist Graeme Obree, writer Alan Bissett and clergyman Kelvin Holdworth.

A group of students at the university said Snowden had accepted their invitation to stand, which was made through his lawyer.

The group said Snowden's candidacy is an "opportunity to show our gratitude to a brave whistleblower, and thus to all other whistleblowers".

 
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