Jesselyn Radack, director of National Security & Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower organization, was recently honored in Washington D.C. as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s "global thinkers" for 2013.
However, Radack writes in Salon.com that three other award winners were not able to attend because they feared being arrested by the US government.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden was one of Foreign Policy's honorees, but has sought refuge in Russia after being charged with espionage by the US after revealing the spying activities of the NSA, which a judge ruled this week were "likely unconstitutional," noted The Huffington Post.
The other two award winners are journalist Glenn Greenwald and journalist/documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, who both broke the original NSA/Snowden story in The Guardian.
Greenwald and Poitras are not wanted in the US for any crimes, but feared they would be arrested or detained if they attended the Washington D.C. event.
Poitras has been harassed, searched and intimidated when entering and leaving the country by U.S. government.
The UK government detained Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, for nine hours and later charged him under an anti-terrorism law because he carried information from Greenwald to Poitras.
Unable to attend in person, Snowden said in statement: “I apologize for being unable to attend in person, but I’ve been having a bit of passport trouble.”