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dateline: 09 December 2014

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Snowden Accepts Award via Video

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • alternative: not the usual one; a substitute
  • surveillance: observance of people via camera and other devices; often secretive
  • livelihood: related to the ability to live well
  • leak: to release private or secret information
  • publication: the release of information to the public
  • dub: to call or give a name
  • fund: to provide financial help

Snowden Accepts Award Via Video

Edward Snowden, the American who leaked secret information about US government surveillance, accepted this week. The award, from Swedish-based foundation the Right Livelihood, is dubbed the “alternative” to the Nobel Prize. Snowden accepted it from Moscow via video. During the awards ceremony, Snowden that future citizens would become partners with the government subjects of it. Snowden shared his award with Alan Rusbridger. Rusbridger was the of the Guardian who allowed the publication of the secret information that Snowden found. Instead of providing prize money, the foundation plans to help fund legal support for Snowden.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Who is Edward Snowden?
    2. How did he accept his award?
    3. Who did Snowden share the award with, and why?

Discussion Questions: Do you think Snowden will ever be granted a pardon and be able to return to the US?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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