Edward-Snowden-InsertThe former contractor that blew the lid off of the National Security Agency’s spying policy, Edward Snowden, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. The announcement went out earlier this morning. Two politicians from Norway nominated Snowden, claiming that he made the word a safer place by exposing the spying habits of the NSA.
In a statement Bård Vegar Solhjell, a former environment and education minister for the Socialist Left Party said, “There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term.” Solhjell continued in a joint statement with parliamentarian 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.”
This was a banner year for the committee, which received a new record-number of nominations totaling 259 for the 2013 Peace Prize. This winner will be announced on October 10, 2014.