Edward Snowden Just Got Yet Another New Job

The former NSA contractor was elected Tuesday to serve as a student representative to more than 20,000 students at the University of Glasgow.

In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data.
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Dustin Volz
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Dustin Volz
Feb. 18, 2014, 9:04 a.m.

He may be a wanted fu­git­ive, but Ed­ward Snowden is still a worthy hire in the eyes of many around the world.

The former Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency con­tract­or was elec­ted Tues­day to the role of stu­dent rect­or at Glas­gow Uni­versity in Scot­land, where he would rep­res­ent more than 20,000 stu­dents for the next three years.

Stu­dents back­ing the “Snowden for rect­or” cause be­lieved elect­ing him to the po­s­i­tion would send a loud, in­ter­na­tion­al mes­sage about gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance.

“Hav­ing Ed­ward Snowden as rect­or would give us a mega­phone with which we can pro­ject our views to a glob­al audi­ence par­tic­u­larly on the is­sue of state sur­veil­lance and the very val­id and wel­come role of whistle-blowers in a demo­cracy,” stu­dent and spokes­man Chris Cas­sells told Scot­land’s The Her­ald over the week­end.

The rect­or po­s­i­tion has pre­vi­ously been held by sev­er­al not­able people, in­clud­ing Nel­son Man­dela’s wife, Win­nie, and Mor­de­chai Vanunu, a former Is­raeli nuc­le­ar tech­ni­cian, as well as Adam Smith and Ed­mund Burke, 18th-cen­tury thinkers who re­main main­stays in eco­nom­ic and philo­soph­ic dis­course.

The se­lec­tion isn’t the first gig Snowden has earned since leak­ing some 1.7 mil­lion top-secret gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments to a hand­ful of journ­al­ists last year. Last month, the Free­dom of the Press Found­a­tion an­nounced Snowden’s ap­point­ment to its board of dir­ect­ors, a co­hort that already in­cluded Snowden al­lies Glenn Gre­en­wald and Laura Poitras, as well as the act­or John Cu­s­ack. Snowden’s law­yer also told re­port­ers last year that Snowden had taken a di­git­al main­ten­ance job with a Rus­si­an web­site.

Snowden is cur­rently some­where in Rus­sia, where he has been liv­ing since the coun­try gran­ted him asylum last year.

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