18/02/2014 12:29 GMT | Updated 18/02/2014 17:59 GMT

Edward Snowden Wins Election To Become Rector Of Glasgow University

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General view of the University of Glasgow where whistleblower Edward Snowden has agreed to stand as a candidate for rector.

One of UK's oldest universities has elected its new rector - NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The computer analyst was nominated by a group of students at the University of Glasgow who said they had received his approval through his lawyer.

The result of the ballot, which opened to students yesterday, was revealed in Glasgow on Tuesday.

He defeated former champion cyclist Graeme Obree, author Alan Bissett and the Rev Kelvin Holdsworth who also stood.

Snowden became a wanted man when his leaks brought to light secret National Security Agency documents which revealed widespread US surveillance of phone and internet communications.

He is staying in Russia where he was given temporary asylum.