Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian lawmakers

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Bard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen, two lawmakers in Norway, have nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The two, who are members of the Socialist Left Party, have released a joint statement in which they say that Snowden has “revealed the nature and technological prowess of modern surveillance,” and that has helped add to peace.

“There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term. We do not necessarily condone or support all of his disclosures,” said the statement by Solhjell and Valen. “We are, however, convinced that the public debate and changes in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.”

“His actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies,” they added. “Its value can’t be overestimated.”

The nominations for this year’s candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize ends on Saturday, and the results won’t be announced until way later in the year in October.

[via CNN, image via zennie62’s flickr]

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  1. kevbo

    “His actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies,” — LOL

    Typical leftist, pie-in-the-sky, drivel that doesn’t reflect reality in the least.

    I’m glad Ed has made his revelations, but he deserves the Peace Prize almost as much as the current US president.

  2. n.n

    The last recipient liberated and expanded a domestic spying mandate. Their current recipient-elect exposed the last recipient’s work. Perhaps Snowden will prove to be a better choice. However, the Nobel committee does not have a favorable record to demonstrate its better judgment.

    Snowden offered singular exposure of what is a multinational enterprise. Every nation which has the means engages in domestic and international espionage. Those that don’t will contract (i.e. “ally”) with nations that do.

    Snowden’s notable contribution was to expose the American federal government’s efforts to conduct general espionage of its own citizens without probably cause, without due process, and without authority of The Constitution.