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Norway nominates Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize


Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked top secret government documents to journalists last year, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday.

The whistleblower’s name was put forward for the prize by two Norwegian politicians who said he made the world a safer place. Thousands of people worldwide are able to make nominations, including any government officials, previous laureates, professors, members of international courts or national assemblies.

“There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term,” wrote Bård Vegar Solhjell, a former environment and education minister for the Socialist Left Party, in a joint statement with fellow parliamenterian Snorre Valen. “We are, however, convinced that the public debate and change in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistle blowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.”

Saying Edward Snowden has "contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order" by exposing U.S. surveillance practices and forcing a new debate over security and privacy, If he were to win the award, Snowden, who gave a trove of classified documents to media outlets last summer, would join the ranks of popular Nobel Peace laureates such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. Source http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/29/268421741/edward-snowden-is-nominated-for-the-nobel-peace-prizenormalized-tmp-52ea972c225db

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He came in #2 for Time Person of the Year 2013 as well.

Both that and Nobel Prize are political awards. Snowden clearly has some political allies.

Not sure if had political allies before.. I guess "now" he may have allies. When you have time read this post written by Edward Lucas and comments 

Edward Snowden: Did the American whistleblower act alone?A new book looks at the damage the fugitive American whistleblower and his Snowdenistas are doing to Western interestshttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10595021/Edward-Snowden-Did-the-American-whistleblower-act-alone.html

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