Two Norwegian politicians have nominated the accused spy and American government whistleblower Edward Snowden for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The pair said Snowden had brought back “trust and transparency” by leaking documents last year, showing the extent of US data monitoring.
“The public debate and the political changes which have followed in the wake of Snowden’s alert have contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order,” wrote Socialist Left (Sosialistisk Venstreparti, SV) politicians Bård Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen in their nomination. They said the former National Security Agency contractor had revealed critical knowledge about how governments monitor information in modern society, reported wire service NTB.
The deadline to nominate candidates for the prestigious prize is February 1. Only former laureates, national parliaments and governments, professors in certain areas and some peace organizations can suggest candidates. Nobel committee members can add more names to the list. Last year there were 259 names entered at the close of nominations.
Nominees are usually kept secret, but nominators can choose to make a selection public. This year’s winner will be announced on October 10. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons accepted the 2013 Peace Prize in Oslo last month.