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Kopan reports: "A Swedish sociology professor has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying that awarding the former NSA employee would correct Nobel Committee's mistake in giving the award to President Barack Obama in 2009."

Edward Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. (photo: Guardian UK)
Edward Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. (photo: Guardian UK)

Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

By Tal Kopan, Politico

16 July 13


Swedish sociology professor has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying that awarding the former NSA employee would correct Nobel Committee's mistake in giving the award to President Barack Obama in 2009.

According to a translation of the letter published by the Daily Mail and, Umeå University professor Stefan Svallfors wrote the committee that Snowden has made the world safer in releasing information about United States surveillance.

"Edward Snowden has - in a heroic effort at great personal cost - revealed the existence and extent of the surveillance, the U.S. government devotes electronic communications worldwide. 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," Svallfors wrote.

Referencing the Nuremberg trials of Nazis, Svallfors says following orders is not an excuse for acting against human rights and freedom, and he praised Snowden's courage in leaking the information.

Svallfors also noted that Obama was a past recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which he called a correctable mistake.

"The decision to award the 2013 prize to Edward Snowden would - in addition to being well justified in itself - also help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute that incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama 2009 award," Svallfors said.

Because of Svallfors's professorship at Umeå, he is one of the people who can submit a nomination to the Nobel organization. However, nominations for 2013 were required to be postmarked by Feb. 1.

It was unclear if the committee would consider Snowden's nomination for 2013 anyway. The Nobel Peace Prize website says the committee may sometimes add nominations to the list accrued by Feb. 1, but once names are whittled down into a shortlist, the nomination process is closed. Nominations after the deadline are usually considered the following year.

The committee received a record 259 nominations this year, it said. Prizes are announced in October.

On Monday, WikiLeaks noted that Snowden joins WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and leaker Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in having been nominated for Nobels, but the organization in a series of tweets decried the committee as a "corrupt" tool of foreign policy. your social media marketing partner


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+37 # Kwelinyingi 2013-07-16 09:20
Too bad the Nobel Prize Committee does not have a mechanism of withdrawing it's Peace Prize if it later comes to light that a recipient of the award became a war criminal or committed crimes against humanity. Henry Kissinger and Barack Obama are cases in point. Sporting bodies strip winners of their gold medals after discovering that their victories were facilitated by using performance enhancing drugs. Surely, the Nobel Committee can have similar mechanisms to strip recipients upon learning of their activities that fly in the face of "peace". Obama should be stripped of his undeserved award and it should be given to Snowden, whose revelations are likely to change our views on a government that falsely claims to champion human rights and democracy around the world, a world that it spies on 24/7.
+32 # Erdajean 2013-07-16 10:28
Other Nobel prizes are shared - why not Snowden, Manning AND Assange? These three have quite literally given their lives to enlighten Americans about what our
government has been doing to us all.

While these three may yet be alive, not for a moment will they ever be safe from the vicious fury of the sanctimonious thugs they have exposed.

Greed and the lust for power over all of us will never forgive being thwarted.
+12 # motamanx 2013-07-16 10:08
Why would anyone want a prize that Kissinger won?
+28 # Archie1954 2013-07-16 10:20
All three transparency advocates should receive the Nobel Prize! They are suffering adversely for their dedication to truth and the right to know. They deserve to be honoured for their principled stand.
-18 # ishmael 2013-07-16 10:24
Slow news day.
-48 # hoosierinva 2013-07-16 10:27
May I vote? It's a loud "No" for a guy who should instead be tried as a criminal and traitor who has jeopardized our security.
-22 # ishmael 2013-07-16 10:35
You may vote, but the Gestapo will rapidly "vote you down".
+11 # treadlightly 2013-07-16 11:12
I don't want to alarm you but for your own safety I suggest you call the poison hotline. I am pretty sure someone slipped something in your Koolaid when you weren't watching.
+17 # DPM 2013-07-16 13:31
Don't worry, "treadlightly". Just by "hoosierinva" and "ishmael" even commenting in this venue, they will become "persons of interest" by some government agency, someday. Those that don't see their rights being eroded (2nd amendment excepted) will someday find they have none. And, you know what? They'll actually be surprised!
+18 # reiverpacific 2013-07-16 11:19
Quoting hoosierinva:
May I vote? It's a loud "No" for a guy who should instead be tried as a criminal and traitor who has jeopardized our security.

Define "Our" security!!
YOU are part of the surveilled if you've ever made a call or written and email. Fine wi' that are you?
I'm sure you've nuthin' to hide as a pure, sewwt-and clean Hoosier but they'd get you if they ever wanted you anyhoo -The Man is pretty creative if they really want to go after anybody. Ask Leonard Peltier, Manning, Snowden or so many other of the thousands of political prisoners of the "Land of the Free" (for a few that own it) and the "Home of the brave" (cannon-fodder of the cowards).
You must have eaten deeply of "The root that takes reason prisoner"!
+13 # fredboy 2013-07-16 12:15
Hope he nominates Bradley Manning too. They both deserve it, and well meet the award's criteria.
+14 # Gordon K 2013-07-16 13:56
The Nobel Committee awarded Costa Rican president Oscar Arias the Peace Prize in 1987. It was a smart move. It rightfully acknowledged Arias's human rights work. More importantly it prevented the Reagan administration from orchestrating a coup to oust Arias and install a fascistic government more friendly to US corporate interests.

My guess is that in 2009 the Nobel Committee was hoping the Peace Prize would encourage Obama's "better angels" and/or embarrass him into pursuing a more peaceful US foreign policy. It was a calculated risk. Sadly, it did not work.
+10 # Activista 2013-07-16 15:27
It is a good positive news - just a nomination is enough - it will give Snowden more recognition - and hopefully encourage others to point on many evils of the US empire. The gene from the bottle is out ...
+10 # RMDC 2013-07-16 18:27
Indeed. The Nobel committee could go a long way to make up for its mistake when awarding Obama -- the Bomber.

Snowden (as well as Manning, Assange, and the others who are being hounded by the Obama regime) have shown extraordinary courage in the face of overwhelming threats. We are all in debt to them.
+7 # ladymidath 2013-07-16 21:30
I do hope that Edward Snowden is awarded it.
+1 # futhark 2013-07-18 08:52
We do need to have this year's Nobel Peace Prize shared. There are so many qualified candidates. Perhaps we won't have Pete Seeger around many more years and his efforts sustained over many decades should be recognized. Cindy Sheehan has also worked tirelessly for peace. I equally endorse the idea of having Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange receiving a justly deserved award.
0 # hoosierinva 2013-07-18 10:34
To reiverpacific & others who don't care about National Security: Would you like to see another 9/11? How about Pearl Harbor?

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