This week, Edward Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by two members of Norway’s parliament. Whether you think he’s a hero or a traitor, there’s no doubt that the NSA whistle-blower has had a profound effect on the world as we know it.
Parliamentary members Bård Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen submitted their nomination of Snowden to the Nobel Committee, although they did not deny that he had indeed damaged the intelligence interests of several governments. “We do not necessarily condone or support all of his disclosures. We are, however, convinced that the public debate and changes in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistle-blowing have contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.
Although Nobel Prize nominations are normally kept a secret, they are sometimes revealed by the nominators, as is the case in this situation. Government officials, along with professors, previous Nobel Prize winners, and members of international courts are amongst those allowed to submit nominations to the Nobel Committee. If nominations are anything like last year, Snowden may be one of almost 260 nominees.
Throughout the debate regarding Snowden’s actions, public opinion has been heavily divided, but the government has stood firm on its position. Despite the Nobel nomination and many requests from public figures that he be pardoned, Snowden is still wanted under the Espionage Act.