Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by two Norwegian politicians.
The Norwegian politicians released a statement as to why they nominated Edward Snowden for the award. Here is that statement, as collected by The Independant.
“There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term. 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.”
Nobel Peace Price nominees are usually kept secret for 50 years, but they are sometimes released by the people nominating them.
If Edward Snowden wins the Nobel Peace Prize, he will will join the ranks of President Obama, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela as having won the award, The Independent notes.
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