Two Norwegian lawmakers announced Wednesday their nomination of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize for his actions that “contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.”
The members of Parliament submitting the nomination days ahead of the February 1 deadline are Bård Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen, members of the Socialist Left Party.
In a joint statement posted to the party’s website, Valen and Solhjell write, in part:
In July, Stefan Svallfors, a professor of sociology at Sweden’s Umeå University, also nominated Snowden for the prize, noting that if the award were given to the whistleblower, it would “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.”
The names of the 2014 Nobel Laureates will be announced in October.