Barbara Walters was apparently so fascinated by Edward Snowden that she wanted to place the renegade NSA data leaker in the top spot on her annual list of “The 10 Most Fascinating People” of the year.
But ABC execs overruled her, forcing her to push Snowden back to the middle of the list, according to this story on the New York Daily News Web site.
The story says Walters, along with producer Bill Geddie, were leaning toward naming Snowden No. 1 on this year’s list for, among other reasons, they suspected that Time magazine might be planning to put him on the cover as their Person of the Year.
The story does not spell out a reason for the decision on the part of ABC management to veto the Snowden pick for the top spot on the list.
The story does have the names of some of the others who made this year’s list, which will be featured on Walters’ annual special later this month. The other names are: Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (starring jointly as KimYe), baby Prince George of England, the cast of “Duck Dynasty,” swimmer Diana Nyad, “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts and Pope Francis.
Snowden, of course, is the contract worker from the National Security Agency who leaked an estimated 200,000 classified documents to various news organizations and Web sites. He then fled the country, ending up in Moscow, where he has apparently received asylum from prosecution in the U.S.