Glasgow students choose Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden has been elected by Glasgow University students as their rector

He says:

"I am humbled by and grateful to the students of Glasgow University for this historic statement in defence of our shared values.

We are reminded by this bold decision that the foundation of all learning is daring: the courage to investigate, to experiment, to inquire.

If we do not contest the violation of the fundamental right of free people to be left unmolested in their thoughts, associations, and communications - to be free from suspicion without cause - we will have lost the foundation of our thinking society. The defence of this fundamental freedom is the challenge of our generation, a work that requires constructing new controls and protections to limit the extraordinary powers of states over the domain of human communication.

This election shows that the students of Glasgow University intend to lead the way, and it is my great honour to serve as their rector."

Video of the announcement that Edward Snowden has been elected as rector.