Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Two Norwegian politicians have suggested that whistleblower Edward Snowden has made the world “more stable and peaceful.”
He’s been a figure of much contention has our Mr Snowden. As you well know, unless you’ve been hiding under a stone, the former National Security Agency contractor is responsible for leaking operational details of global surveillance initiatives run by the NSA and other members of the ‘Five Eyes’ – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
He sparked a worldwide debate concerning how much spying is too much spying, what the public are supposed to do with such high-level information and whether or not he’s put certain countries massively at risk.
Whatever you think of him yourself, there are a couple of Norwegian politicians who happen to believe he’s destined for sainthood. Socialist Left members Baard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen have claimed that Snowden’s actions have “contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.” Fighting talk.
This public declaration from the two Socialist Lefts comes at an interesting time for Norwegian politics. Erna Solberg, Norway’s current prime minister is from a much more conservative stock and much has been made of her recent discussions with the notoriously anti-immigrant Progress Party…
Being nominated means that Snowden will be one of the many names that the Nobel committee will consider for the coveted award. He’ll be pitted against plenty of other candidates, but the nomination is already significant in itself.