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Poll: Edward Snowden Has Become One of Most Admired Men in Germany

Sputnik International
03:40 04.02.2015  (updated 07:39 04.02.2015)

Edward Snowden is the fourth most admired man among Germans, according to a new YouGov poll. The NSA whistleblower, whose leaks exposed US spying on German officials – including Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, came in just ahead of racecar driver Michael Schumacher.

A mix of politicians, public intellectuals and movie stars top the annual YouGov polls of the world’s most admired people, which are compiled globally and also broken down by various countries.

Snowden, who came after former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, the Dalai Lama and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, has received positive recognition in Germany for his revelations about NSA surveillance. He also placed sixth among Russians and eighth among Danes.

Snowden was given the 2013 Whistleblower Award as well as the 2014 Fritz Bauer Prize, awarded by the German Humanist Union, a prominent civil rights organization. Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with Snowden to publish much of his information, also received the Scholl Siblings Prize in 2014 for his book on the leaks. And both of them, along with filmmaker Laura Poitras, received the 2014 Carl von Ossietzky Medal from the International League for Human Rights.

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