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EUROPE-HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD
US leaker Edward Snowden among 3 finalists for EU's top human rights prize
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 2:03 PM EDT
U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is among three finalists for the European Union's top human rights prize.
The pro-environment Greens' caucus said Snowden, who leaked a trove of documents on U.S. surveillance agencies' programs, deserves to win because he "risked his freedom to protect us."
Still, the 16-year-old Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year when coming home from school in Pakistan, enjoys wide backing and is seen as the likely front-runner.
The winner will be announced next week.
The Sakharov prize is considered Europe's top rights award. Previous laureates include Nobel Peace Prize winners Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela.