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February 18, 2014 AT 11:03 AM
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been elected as the official representative of the student body at the University of Glasgow. The results of the voting were announced Tuesday. Snowden is in Russia, where he has received temporary asylum. He left the United States after leaking documents disclosing details of U.S. spies' surveillance of the Internet and telephone communications. Glasgow students had earlier said they contacted Snowden through his lawyers and he agreed to run for the job, known as "rector." Some who have held the post in the past have been unable to come to Glasgow. Given that Britain has an extradition treaty with the United States, where Snowden is wanted on criminal charges, it is most unlikely that he would choose to come.