Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian lawmakers say former NSA contractor made the world a safer place

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Edward Snowden speaks during a dinner with U.S. ex-intelligence workers and activists in Moscow on Oct. 9, 2013.

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of government documents to journalists last year, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday.

The whistleblower’s name was put forward for the prize by two Norwegian politicians who said he made the world a safer place. Thousands of people worldwide are able to make nominations, including any government officials, previous laureates, professors, members of international courts or national assemblies.

“There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term,” wrote Bård Vegar Solhjell, a former environment and education minister for the Socialist Left Party, in a joint statement with fellow parliamenterian Snorre Valen. “We are, however, convinced that the public debate and change in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistle blowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.”

(MORE: TIME Person of the Year 2013 Runner-Up: Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet)

Nominees are typically kept secret for five decades, but sometimes names are disclosed by eligible nominators. The Nobel Committee received a record 259 nominations for the 2013 Peace Prize; the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was named the winner in October.

This year’s winner will be announced on Oct. 10.

[Bloomberg]

47 comments
DJayed
DJayed

Snowden is a traitor and the only thing he deserves is a bullet!

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Ed - thank you for standing up for our freedom. Get a good lawyer and negotiate your way home.

I'd like to withdraw my earlier harsh judgement against you before I have all the facts. May God looks over and protect you.

Yvonmoua
Yvonmoua

Norwegians could get Nobel killer price to N. Korea Kim Jong Un too.

GoVikes
GoVikes

Hats off to the Norwegians!

everyman
everyman

Great news

Edward Snowden is a hero. I am inspired by his courage. May his brave, selfless action of conscience compel others to step forward

ClaudiaRozo
ClaudiaRozo

Snowden, God has me praying for you. And God has made of the USA a DEN of SNOW for you.  Believe God for your free trial.  God never eats His Words.  Look at this Snow Scripture:

Isaiah 55:10-11

New King James Version (NKJV)

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

KeithWoodring
KeithWoodring

i find it funny this is even a debate. the USA doesnt exist. we are the USSA now. WE LIKE TORTURE AND WAR AND SECRECY AND TSA CHECKPOINTS!!! the moment that we said "yeah, were gonna torture people now" proved we are no different from the nazis. 

k.kaprow
k.kaprow

Didn't Hitler also get a Peace Prize, or am I thinking of Time's Man Of The Year?

matbo2
matbo2

What a joke , this person told me nothing I didn't already know, only very unaware people would think so or someone with another agenda , the spy program been around hundreds of years and it's going no where, under Bush Cheney, there was no bitching only under this President this person has his ass in Russia , with this Country's  secrets when Russia and this Country has been spying on one another for years, and under any other President the CIA  would have him back here ,you can hang your hat on that.

jabber2
jabber2

Snowden divulged very little of international secrets - but he upheld his oath to the constitution and the people of the USA for which its for.

Its the NSA and Obama who violated the highest laws. Snowden does not take an oath to protect his bosses, only to the constitution and people of the USA - and he upheld them by exposing the ILLEGAL activities of the NSA which violated the 4th amendment.

Ironically Snowden will have EARNED his nobel peace prize unlike Obama who has dont little for it.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

In view of the constitutional ruling, why does it take the US government so long in making a deal with Mr. Snowden to welcome him home?

He had done what every high ranking public officials swear to do and that is to protect and defend the Constitution of the US.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Imagine : you are in the military . Somebody put information on the web that could have you killed . Hero or idiot ? Your choice .

TheparodoxofSubjectiveFool
TheparodoxofSubjectiveFool

The joke is on the US, when rule of law means nothing and everything can be justified away the foundations of the very thing that made the country unique are gone - and the US in actuality ceases to exist. Snowden broke the law Period first by breaking the legal oaths he ascented to when he took the job and later in a series of revelations .  People from outside the US can do and say what they want, they are not suppose to know or understand our laws. But the truth of it is, no matter what the result Edward Snowden first broke the law, Others might wonder if espionage charges should or could be filed Hmm.  

LaylaGodey
LaylaGodey

It might help rebuild the integrity of the Nobel Prize itself-when it handed out a Nobel Prize to a man who had done nothing more than give some political speeches in a presidential race (and who afterwards became embroiled in military assaults overseas), it's relevance was severely compromised. It's ironic that Snowden revealed the violations being committed by that previous winner...

DeanJackson
DeanJackson

Part I of II


Ask yourself: How did Edward Snowden fly directly from Hawaii to COMMUNIST Hong Kong* without his passport being flagged by TSA computers, and TSA computers then failing to notify FBI Counterintelligence computers? Those holding Top Secret clearance can't travel to a Communist location UNLESS given permission to, and Snowden's arrival in Russia helped to increase Russia's prominence in the world (how did that happen!), while decreasing the prominence of the United States. Just what Moscow wanted, meaning we were snowed by the Snowden operation.


Recall last September Moscow ran with the Syrian chemical weapons' surrender initiative, where the United States wanted to bomb Syria into the stone age? Again, Russia came off playing the part of the  rational and mature nation, while the United States came off again playing the part of the unstable, rouge state, looking for any opportunity to attack nations it doesn't like.


This is the goal of Moscow & Allies, to isolate the United States by tasking Washington, DC to play the international bully with Nazi overtones; to date, over one-million civilians world-wide have been murdered via  the “War on Terror” operation Moscow & Allies assigned Washington, DC. 


For those unfamiliar with this subject, the "collapse" of the USSR in 1991 was a strategic ruse under the “Long-Range Policy" (LRP). What is the LRP, you ask? The LRP is the "new" strategy all Communist nations signed onto in 1960 to defeat the West with. The last major disinformation operation under the LRP was the "collapse" of the USSR in 1991. 


The next major disinformation operation under the LRP will be the fraudulent collapse of the Chinese Communist government. When that occurs, Taiwan will be stymied from not joining the mainland. This is why China is buying up gold all over the word. It is believed that China currently has 3,000 [metric] tonnes of gold. When China has 6,000 [metric] tonnes it will have the minimum gold reserves necessary for its currency, the yuan, to replace the United States' dollar as the world's reserve currency, that is after the fraudulent collapse of the Chinese Communist government (the United States gold reserves is approximately 8,133.5 [metric] tonnes).


Take a look at the following…


http://www.redstar.ru/


“Krasnaya Zvezda” is Russian (no kidding!) for "Red Star", the official newspaper of Soviet and later Russian Ministry of Defense. The paper's official designation is, "Central Organ of the Russian Ministry of Defense." Note the four Soviet emblems next to the still existing Soviet era masthead, one of which pictures Lenin's head, the man who removed the independent Russian nation from the map, supplanting it within the new nation called the USSR (the USSR being the nation that was to one day include all the nations of the Earth, incorporation taking place either by violent revolution or deception)! Those Soviet emblems and Lenin's head can't still be next to the masthead of the Russian Ministry of Defense's newspaper due to their association with the Soviet Union and its ideals of world revolution; the nations of 

the world constituting the Soviet Union!


The fraudulent "collapse" of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn't have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Moscow & Allies, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan's favorite phrase, "Trust, but verify". Notice that not one political party in the West demanded verification, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the "alternative" media. When determining whether the "former" USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the "former" USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it's the fate of the West that's at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!


Soon, the Eurozone will collapse and Europe will join Russia in a new union, from the "Atlantic to Vladivostok". When this occurs two objectives will be met by Communist strategists, (1) the further isolation of the United States; and (2) the disbanding of NATO.



SaintTammany
SaintTammany

Edward Snowden is the greatest America Hero in modern  times.  It's the 540 elected criminals in Washington that need to be put in stocks and left there.   All of them.

mshtello
mshtello

Its a paradoxes that a human rights activist is hiding in Russia, a country known for its violation of human rights. Besides spilling top government secrets to the Russians doesn't qualify him to be a national hero to say the least

BenCaesar
BenCaesar

I think its unanimously agreed that people like Edward Snowden deserve the Nobel Peace Prize more than people like Obama or Clinton or Al Gore for crying out loud !

MaltMickey
MaltMickey

LOL Hitler & Stalin were nominated too.



JonGoodwin
JonGoodwin

Thank you Edward Snowden for making the sacrifice you made!

RickSac
RickSac

Snowden is a brave American hero who cares about protecting and defending the Constitution. Do you?

Ruleoflaw10
Ruleoflaw10

Anyone notice that it is foreigners who nominated Snowden? He is willing to help any country that will give him the most (see Brazil, China, obviously Russia). He is a traitor in the fashion of Benedict Arnold, who also framed his treason as saving Americans from their leaders.

Snowden deserves a prison cell, nothing more. Any American who thinks he is a hero should be ashamed of themselves.

DanBruce
DanBruce

Quisling-itus is a common disease among Norwegian Nobel nominators.

RicardoRivera
RicardoRivera

This makes no sense! He made the world safe how? By revealing that mythical feeling that his government is the boogie man! The world is not safer because, of Snowden that connection doesn't exist.

RicardoRivera
RicardoRivera

This makes no sense! He made the world safe how? By revealing that mythical feeling that his government is the boogie man! Nonsense...

gaetano49
gaetano49

Cheers for Edward Snowden! And for The Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee!


In the 2013 issue, listing the 100 names of Important People, the editors of TIME were extremely silly to present Mr. Snowden as "The Dark Prophet". "Dark Prophet"? Not many people in 2013 did more than Mr. Snowden to shed some light in The Very Dark Corners of NSA, GCHQ et. al.


On January 1, 2014, the Editorial Board of New York Times found that now, "it is time for the U.S.A. to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home". Will TIME express a similar support for Mr. Snowden, the man behind one of the most important and most positive actions of our age?

arvay
arvay

LOL.

The US and China will have one more thing on common -- a Nobel winner targeted by the national security state apparatus.

Hats off to Snowden, who's helped Americans understand how thoroughly and brazenly they are lied to.

youngexec
youngexec

@matbo2

No big deal and yet the world's leaders all had to react. Please shut up!

jabber2
jabber2

@TheparodoxofSubjectiveFool  The legal oath he took was to the CONSTITUTION AND PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES,... not to the cronies violating those trusts that he works for.


its sad to see how easily people iobey their masters without reading the fineprint... they still rally behind evil.

k.kaprow
k.kaprow

@SaintTammany 

So...the Constitutionally elected representatives of the people of the United States are "criminals" in your mind, but the unelected, lying, criminal hacker and defector to the former Soviet Union is the "hero." Whoa.

k.kaprow
k.kaprow

@BenCaesar

I disagree. That makes it not unanimous. So sorry.

jabber2
jabber2

@Ruleoflaw10 A traitor because he told on Obama's administration who thinks they are above the law?! Snowden does not take an oath to protect them, but to the constitution and people of the USA to protect from enemies foreign and domestic that violate those laws. Snowden, in fact, upheld his oath.

afnananjum24
afnananjum24

@Ruleoflaw10 U call him a traitor just becoz he has uncovered the ugly truth about American government . A nation who finds excuses like chemical weapons , to go on war with muslim countries killing innocent people only to take over their oil reserves is the worst country ever. Becoming the world most powerful nation at the cost of human lives is the worst pursuit ever. American govt. should be beyond ashamed of itself.

AinsleyWalker
AinsleyWalker

@RicardoRivera Are you being serious? He made it safer by revealing how his government has been spying on its citizens as well as other nations around the world, including my own. Wake up

jabber2
jabber2

@RicardoRivera By making our government adhere to the same damned laws everyone else adheres to - and exposing them for violating those laws.

KeithWoodring
KeithWoodring

@k.kaprow you think they are elected?! lol. thats a good one man. so...... the guys that lied to the whole country are heros, and the guy who told us the truth is a criminal?!

JustinJenkins
JustinJenkins

@AinsleyWalker @RicardoRivera There has been no changes? If the US would have stopped it would have been a much safer place for terrorists. People are too shortsighted.

k.kaprow
k.kaprow

@KeithWoodring@k.kaprow 

Do I think our elected representatives are elected? Why, yes I do. "Elected" has an actual meaning in a constitutional republic. Your pal and avatar Ron Paul was elected, for example. Did he "lie to the whole country" too, or are your anarcho-libertarian pets exempt from the charge? No need to reply. I know the answer.