Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Two Norwegian MPs nominate NSA whistleblower for contributing to 'transparency and global stability.'
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politicians Wednesday for his contribution to "transparency and global stablility," Bloomberg News reported.
Snowden, 30, leaked clarified documents on the U.S. National Security Agency's spy programs and is now facing charges on theft and espionage. He is in Russia on temporary asylum, after originally fleeing to Hong Kong.
"The public debate and changes in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing have contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order,” Norwegian parliamentarians Snorre Valen and Baard Vegar Solhjell said in the nomination letter obtained by Bloomberg, adding that clearly his actions may have damaged security of certain countries in the short term.
The two MPs, from the Socialist Left Party also said that they “don’t necessarily condone or support all of his disclosures.”
The Nobel Committee accepts nominations from governments, international courts, professors, members of national assemblies and previous winners. The winner will be announced in October.