Tribute statues to whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are unveiled in Berlin, ahead of a global tour.
BERLIN, GERMANY (MAY 1, 2015) (REUTERS) – Three statues depicting whistleblowers Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning who some people consider to be heroes for leaking secret U.S. intelligence and military documents were unveiled in Berlin on Friday (May 1).
Called “Anything to say”, the art project was initiated by Reporters without Borders.
It depicts the three whistleblowers standing on chairs with a fourth left empty, giving members of the public the opportunity to join them.
The creator of the statues, artist Davide Dormino said that his sculptures were an ‘homage to the truth’.
“In this sculptures, what I did is to represent the three icons of contemporary … three contemporary heroes. They have lost their freedom for the truth. So they remind us how important it is to know the truth. And to have the courage to know the truth,” he said.
Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of massive U.S. intelligence-gathering programs, remains in hiding in Russia
43-year-old WikiLeaks co-founder Australian Julian Assange, has been stuck inside Ecuador’s London embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault against two women in 2010.
He denies the accusations.
Formally known as ‘Bradely’, Chelsea Manning transitioned after the Army soldier was convicted of espionage for giving documents to WikiLeaks.
According to the “Anything to say” website, the statues are scheduled to go on a global tour.