Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

By Kyle Johnson,

On Wednesday, two Norwegian politicians got together and nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Snorre Valen and Bard Vegar Solhjell, both members of the Socialist Left Party, have decided to nominate Snowden for the prize, reports CNN. Since they are national politicians, under Norwegian Nobel Committee rules, they are qualified to select Snowden for the prestigious award.

They said in a statement they chose Snowden because he has "revealed the nature and technological prowess of modern surveillance."

Valen and Solhjell noted that his actions promoted peace, but, "We do not necessarily condone or support all of his disclosures."

White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden didn't look favorably upon the nomination from the two Norwegians, according to Bloomberg. She noted that instead Snowden should be sent back to the U.S. to face a trial.

There are still revelations found in the documents that Snowden escaped with, with the most recent one noting that the NSA and GCHQ used "leaky apps" like Angry Birds to collect more personal data.

The nomination window for the Nobel Peace Prize ends on Saturday. The winner is then revealed nine months later in October.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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