Wikileaks and Julian Assange have been nominated for a Noble Peace Prize for the 2011 award. The Norwegian Nobel committee accepts nominations until Feb. 1st, but the five panel members may make nominations until the end of February.
A Norwegian parliamentarian, Snore Valen, commends the WikileaksÂ’ Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Valen feels that Wikileaks was Â“one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency” in the 21st century. By disclosing information about corruption, human rights abuses and war crimes, Wikileaks is a natural contender for the Nobel Peace Prize.Â”
It is strange that breaking confidentiality of governments is now considered for a Noble Peace Prize nomination. Do you recall that Julian Assange and Wikileaks Â“released tens of thousands of secret documents and diplomatic cables, which it says have harmed U.S. interests abroad, including peace efforts?Â”
The Noble Peace Prize committee would most likely gain flack if they chose Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange as the Noble Peace Prize winner. After all, Assange is facing extradition to Sweden for questioning in a rape case. Assange and his supporters believe the extradition was designed to smear his reputation and close down Wikileaks.
The Norwegian committee recently stretched the Noble Peace PrizeÂ’s definition to include climate activism, human rights, and micro-financing. This increased definition has received a great deal of criticism from Noble Peace Prize traditionalists.
Would they seriously allow Wikileaks and Julian Assange to win the Nobel Peace Prize? The committee would certainly be crazy if they did, but it would make a statement about Â“the growing role of specialist Internet sites and broad access social media in bringing about world change.”
Undoubtedly, if Wikileaks won the Noble Peace Prize, the distinguished reputation of the prize would be tarnished if Assange was found guilty of his pending sex charges, or if he was found guilty on releasing the confidential documents of the United States.
Photo Source: Wikileaks’ Founder Julian Assange
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