TRUTH TRUMPS POWER EVERY TIME
But Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, “America’s favorite European ‘useful idiot’,” blocks award announcement at his ministry
We have just witnessed another case of the Truth in Media slogan -TRUTH TRUMPS POWER EVERY TIME – being demonstrated in real life. Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee who brought the most powerful government on this planet to its knees by exposing the Obama administration’s violations of the U.S. Constitution, freedom and democracy, has just received the “Alternative Nobel” prize for “his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights.”
Winners of the Sweden-based Right Livelihood Award were announced today in Stockholm, one day ahead of schedule.
The 2014 Right Livelihood Laureates are:
Edward Snowden (USA) and Alan Rusbridger (UK) receive a joint Honorary Award. Three more awards go to Asma Jahangir (Pakistan), Basil Fernando / Asian Human Rights Commission (Hong Kong, China), and Bill McKibben / 350.org (USA). Fore more. click here in a BBC report.
Yet honoring Snowden has not been without controversy. The news of Snowden’s award seems to have caused embarrassment in Sweden. The Swedish foreign ministry in Stockholm has been the usual venue for such announcements for the past 18 years. This year’s awards were supposed to be unveiled tomorrow, Sept 27.
“But when the Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, received the information late last week that one of the five recipients this year is the American whistle blower Edward Snowden, he refused to allow the prize to be announced in the foreign department’s building – despite a previous agreement,” said the Swedish Public Network who broke the news a day early.
Bildt: “America’s Favorite European ‘Useful Idiot'”
This was not the first time Bildt has distinguished himself as Washington’s lapdog. In fact, this former UN-envoy in the Balkans has been called a “slavish supporter” of U.S. policies no matter what. And during his stint as the UN-envoy in the Balkans during the 1990, he tried to ingratiate himself with all warring parties. As I result, he alienated everyone.
“In the Balkans, Bildt managed to unite all parties – against him.
Croats remember him accusing their former President Franjo Tudjman of war crimes and Serbs recall his subsequent fervent support for Kosovan separatism, a concept he is now viciously opposed to in Ukraine. He was initially sympathetic to the Bosnian Serb position before he managed to ingratiate himself with US officials and suddenly changed tack. So detested was Bildt in Croatia that, in 1995, their government declared him persona non grata. It was also around this time that he became friendly with the Clintons and assumed the role of America’s favorite European ‘useful idiot.’ (from Goodbye to Carl Blidt: Out of Touch and Out of Time, Sept 16, 2014)
So with his refusal to allow the presentation of “Alternative Nobel” prizes at the traditional venue – the Swedish Foreign Ministry – Bildt was simply doing what he does best: brow-nosing Washington.
Lest we forget, Washington also tapped Sweden to generated trumped up rape charges against another leaker of Washington’s transgressions – Julian Assange – founder of WikiLeaks. Like Snowden, Assange has been forced into exile to avoid Washington’s persecution.