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Swedish professor nominates Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

By Eric Owens

In a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee that was also published in a Swedish newspaper, Umeå University sociology professor Stefan Svallfors nominated National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for the prestigious annual honor.

“Edward Snowden has — in a heroic effort at great personal cost — revealed the existence and extent of the surveillance, the U.S. government devotes electronic communications worldwide,” the professor then explains. “By putting light on this monitoring program — conducted in contravention of national laws and international agreements — Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer.”

Svallfors then tactfully suggests that the committee members could rectify what he sees as the grave error of giving the Peace Prize to President Barack Obama in 2009.

“The decision to award the 2013 prize to Edward Snowden would — in addition to being well justified in itself — 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 [the] 2009 award. It would show its willingness to stand up in defense of civil liberties and human rights, even when such a defense be viewed with disfavor by the world’s dominant military power.”

Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

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