Denmark party nominates US whistleblower for Nobel Prize
A parliamentary group meeting by Denmark’s left wing Red Green party has resulted in the nomination of US whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. Snowden is a former US National Security Agency employee who leaked top secret information regarding US monitoring to several news organizations.
Red Greens says that Snowden has been key to raising awareness regarding the systematic monitoring of citizens by states. Red Green IT Spokeswoman Stine Brix says that monitoring through the internet, sms and emails is “more extensive than George Orwell’s, 1984,” and that this method is a threat to freedom and privacy.
Snowden released information in May to Britain’s The Guardian and US Washington Post showing the systematic monitoring of embassies in Washington, European offices and Internet Service Provider companies. Snowden is currently a refugee in Russia.
Previous winners of the Noble Peace Prize include Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi
The nomination, however, is not possible this year since the deadline of submission was Feb 1st. The Norwegian Nobel Committee normally receives 200 nominations annually.