Wikileaks Gets Nominated For The Nobel Peace Prize
Yes, you did read that correctly – as of yesterday, according to VOA News, Wikileaks was nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination came via Norwegian lawmaker Snorre Valen, who claimed the website was a ‘natural contender’ for the prize; offering one of the most crucial contributions to freedom of speech this century.
Snorre Valen first announced his nomination of Wikileaks for the prize on his blog, stating that:
WikiLeaks have contributed to the struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech … by exposing corruption, war crimes and torture
My first reaction to this news was one of ‘eh … really?’ – but after giving the reasoning some consideration, I’m starting to come around to the idea. Despite the fact that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is currently fighting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. What do you think? Should Wikileaks be given the Nobel Peace Prize? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.