Snowden Becomes Longshot Nobel Prize Candidate
July 15, 2013 by Sam Rolley
President Barrack Obama, to the dismay of anti-war and humanitarian advocates throughout the world, was given a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. A Swedish sociology professor named Stefan Svallfors says that the Nobel Prize committee has a chance to “help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision” to honor Obama in 2009 by supporting his nominee: National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
Svallfors is included in the limited pool of people who are permitted to deliver nominations to the Nobel Prize committee.
In a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Svallfors praised Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost” and said the whistle-blower demonstrated that “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms” by blowing the cover of the NSA’s widespread spy initiatives.
“This example is important because since the Nuremberg trials in 1945 has been clear that the slogan ‘I was just following orders’ is never claimed as an excuse for acts contrary to human rights and freedoms,” Svallfors writes.
International Committee of the Russian State head Duma Aleksey Pushkov said, however, that there is no way U.S. officials would tolerate the Nobel Peace Prize going to Snowden.
“Not in a million years will the United States allow Snowden to get the Peace Prize. But his nomination is significant. Many in the West see him as a champion of democracy,” he tweeted on Monday.
And it is unlikely that Snowden will be given full consideration by the Nobel committee because most of the deadlines for nomination of the upcoming Nobel Prize recipient have passed.