Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize



A Swedish professor has nominated NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his courage in revealing US surveillance programs.  As a professor of sociology at Umea University in Sweden, Stefan Svallfors is qualified to submit a nomination for serious consideration.  The nomination deadline for 2013 has already passed, but the prize committee can make exceptions if it chooses. 

The Nuremberg trials in 1945 made clear that ‘I was just following orders’ is not an excuse for acts “contrary to human rights and freedoms,” said Svallfors.

“By putting light on this monitoring program – conducted in contravention of national laws and international agreements – Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer…. He has also shown that individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms,” said the academic.

Also, it would mitigate a colossal error of judgment in awarding the 2009 Peace Prize to a  recipient who is responsible for expanding the programs Snowden revealed.  But, Snowden has no chance of winning the prize, says Wikileaks.

“Overseen by Norwegian and Swedish establishments, it has become an instrument of foreign policy. With Norway in NATO and Sweden vying with Israel for closest ally slot, winners are people like Barak Obama,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter.“That’s why former winners have denounced the institution as corrupted and it is being sued for corrupting its constitution,” the group said.

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