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Reward Edward Snowden for courageously leaking NSA docs

with Freedom of the Press Foundation (Foundation for National Progress)
Verified 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
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Reward Edward Snowden for courageously leaking NSA docs
Dwight Crow started the campaign

Ed Snowden is the 29-year-old whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in decades, possibly in U.S. history. Now, his future is uncertain while he's on the run in Hong Kong.

We should set a precedent by rewarding this type of extremely courageous behavior. It's definitely apparent that legal fees may soon be a big part of his future, but I don't care how he uses the funds raised, whether it's for a business-class trip to Iceland or just to pay his hotel bills, it's a reward that I believe we shoudl band together and provide him with... Whether it's $5 or $500, his courage should be rewarded.

Idea: anything we can raise over a certain amount can go to a fund that rewards other whistleblowers like this. We should make this a precedent, where Americans (or people all over the world) are able to help people like Snowden who get themselves into hot water for doing something important they believe in.

I just kicked it off with $1,000... What can you contribute?

Even if you can't contribute, please copy+paste this link (http://tilt.tc/03Vq) to your Facebook and/or Twitter page in support!!!

UPDATE: This campaign has been verified by Crowdtilt

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UPDATE: In light of the sensitive legal situation surrounding Edward Snowden and the fact that he is in an undisclosed location outside of the United States, it's been impossible to get the money raised in this campaign directly to him. So instead, Crowdtilt and I have decided to donate the funds to the Freedom of the Press Foundation: an organization that fights for the cause of exposing abuse and lawbreaking in government through aggressive, hard-hitting journalism, reporting, and whistleblowers.

Why is the FPF the best place for these funds? 1) They aim to educate the public about the fact that brave whistleblowers like Edward Snowden are critical to ensure government transparency when traditional avenues are cut off by Congress or the executive branch, and 2) Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras -- who have reported many of the NSA stories based on the documents leaked by Snowden -- are founding board members. Co-founded by Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, FPF's motto is "leaks are vital to a free press and republic" and they have been harsh critics of the Obama administration's crackdown on whistleblowers.

Again -- thank you all for your support! If you'd like a refund for your contribution to this campaign, please email [email protected] and you'll be able to get one promptly.

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UPDATE: In light of the sensitive legal situation surrounding Edward Snowden and the fact that he is in an undisclosed location outside of the United States, it's been impossible to get the money raised in this campaign directly to him. So instead, Crowdtilt and I have decided to donate the funds to the Freedom of the Press Foundation: an organization that fights for the cause of exposing abuse and lawbreaking in government through aggressive, hard-hitting journalism, reporting, and whistleblowers.

Why is the FPF the best place for these funds? 1) They aim to educate the public about the fact that brave whistleblowers like Edward Snowden are critical to ensure government transparency when traditional avenues are cut off by Congress or the executive branch, and 2) Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras -- who have reported many of the NSA stories based on the documents leaked by Snowden -- are founding board members. Co-founded by Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, FPF's motto is "leaks are vital to a free press and republic" and they have been harsh critics of the Obama administration's crackdown on whistleblowers.

Again -- thank you all for your support! If you'd like a refund for your contribution to this campaign, please email [email protected] and you'll be able to get one promptly.

UPDATE: You're all amazing, and this campaign has been an absolutely wild ride. I'm beyond impressed by all your passion and enthusiasm for Snowden's efforts. With your support, we've managed to hit our $15,000 goal and on the way to providing some solid financial support for Edward himself. Not just that -- but the whole world has been watching us, as this page was covered in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Guardian, and much more.

Many of you have inquired about when (and how) the funds will be disbursed to help Ed, now that the campaign is ending, and the short answer is that I'm still figuring out the specific logistics with the help of the Crowdtilt team. We're in the midst of discussions with the EFF and similar organizations about establishing a Defense Fund for Snowden, and endowing it with the funds we've raised here.

Regardless, I'll keep you updated as soon as I have more information on how Crowdtilt will be disbursing the funds collected here. I will fully make sure that these funds are applied in the best possible way to reward Snowden, to help him through the hardships he's facing in the wake of his brave leaks.

Thank you all SO much for your support, and I can guarantee it won't be forgotten anytime soon :)
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UPDATE: You're all amazing, and this campaign has been an absolutely wild ride. I'm beyond impressed by all your passion and enthusiasm for Snowden's efforts. With your support, we've managed to hit our $15,000 goal and on the way to providing some solid financial support for Edward himself. Not just that -- but the whole world has been watching us, as this page was covered in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Guardian, and much more.

Many of you have inquired about when (and how) the funds will be disbursed to help Ed, now that the campaign is ending, and the short answer is that I'm still figuring out the specific logistics with the help of the Crowdtilt team. We're in the midst of discussions with the EFF and similar organizations about establishing a Defense Fund for Snowden, and endowing it with the funds we've raised here.

Regardless, I'll keep you updated as soon as I have more information on how Crowdtilt will be disbursing the funds collected here. I will fully make sure that these funds are applied in the best possible way to reward Snowden, to help him through the hardships he's facing in the wake of his brave leaks.

Thank you all SO much for your support, and I can guarantee it won't be forgotten anytime soon :)
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Campaign Description:

Ed Snowden is the 29-year-old whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in decades, possibly in U.S. history. Now, his future is uncertain while he's on the run in Hong Kong.

We should set a precedent by rewarding this type of extremely courageous behavior. It's definitely apparent that legal fees may soon be a big part of his future, but I don't care how he uses the funds raised, whether it's for a business-class trip to Iceland or just to pay his hotel bills, it's a reward that I believe we shoudl band together and provide him with... Whether it's $5 or $500, his courage should be rewarded.

Idea: anything we can raise over a certain amount can go to a fund that rewards other whistleblowers like this. We should make this a precedent, where Americans (or people all over the world) are able to help people like Snowden who get themselves into hot water for doing something important they believe in.

I just kicked it off with $1,000... What can you contribute?

Even if you can't contribute, please copy+paste this link (http://tilt.tc/03Vq) to your Facebook and/or Twitter page in support!!!

UPDATE: This campaign has been verified by Crowdtilt

 
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