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Saying that Edward Snowden has “contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order” by exposing U.S. surveillance practices and forcing a new debate over security and privacy, two Norwegian politicians nominated the former intelligence contractor for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday.
If he were to win the award, Snowden, who gave a trove of classified documents to media outlets last summer, would join the ranks of popular Nobel Peace laureates such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa. …
Earlier today, Snorre Valen posted a nominating letter on a Norwegian site, including a version in English.
While the two Norwegians say they don’t condone all of Snowden’s actions, they say they’re “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.”
The revelations of broad and powerful spying techniques that target electronic communications “have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies,” they write. “Its value can’t be overestimated.”
If you’re wondering how Nobel nominees are chosen, so were we.
“A nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize may be submitted by any person who meets the nomination criteria,” according to The Nobel Website. Those criteria include members of national assemblies and governments, as well as university professors (a Swedish professor nominated Snowden for the award last year, but not until after the deadline, AFP says). …
The deadline for all Nobel Peace Prize nominations is February. The names will be pared down to a short list in March and May. The winner of the 2014 award will be announced in October.
Snowden’s name came up today in Washington, where Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called for the former contractor and the journalists who received secret documents from him to give them back. As earlier today, the director said that unauthorized disclosures of classified material “continue to pose a critical threat.”
“Snowden claims he’s won and that his mission is accomplished,” Clapper told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, according to Reuters. “If that is so, I call on him and his accomplices to facilitate the return of the remaining stolen documents that have not yet been exposed to prevent even more danger to U.S. security.” …
In my view flooding the Norwegian Nobel Committee with nominations for Snowden is not a waste of time, even if you don’t qualify as a nominator. I suppose I could stretch and say that I’m a leader of a peace research institute. No, I won’t stretch, I’ll actually create my own peace research institute! Who’s in? Done.
The World Peace Research Institute (http://worldpeaceresearchinstitute.wordpress.com/) is now created and we have only a few billion spots open for new directors. Become a director, then, according to the Nobel site, you can nominate anyone (but not yourself) for a Nobel Peace Prize. Don’t abuse your new power by making frivolous or humorous nominations.
September – The Norwegian Nobel Committee prepares to receive nominations. These nominations will be submitted by members of national assemblies, governments, and international courts of law; university chancellors, professors of social science, history, philosophy, law and theology; leaders of peace research institutes and institutes of foreign affairs; previous Nobel Peace Prize Laureates; board members of organizations that have received the Nobel Peace Prize; present and past members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; and former advisers of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
February – Deadline for submission. The Committee bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than 1 February each year. Nominations postmarked and received after this date are included in the following year’s discussions. In recent years, the Committee has received close to 200 different nominations for different nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. The number of nominating letters is much higher, as many are for the same candidates.
February-March – Short list. The Committee assesses the candidates’ work and prepares a short list.
Director, World Peace Research Institute