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Wikileaks Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

February 3, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Peace, World with 0 Comments

Wikileaks: promoting peace through accountability.

The whistle blowing website Wikileaks has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Nominations for what is arguably the world’s most prestigious award are typically kept secret, but sometimes individual members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee reveal their picks to the public.

In this case, Snorre Valen, a 26-year-old lawmaker from Norway’s Socialist Left Party, notified the Associated Press of his choice.

“I think it is important to raise a debate about freedom of expression and that truth is always the first casualty in war,” Valen said. “WikiLeaks wants to make governments accountable for their actions and that contributes to peace.”

Valen says Wikileaks, founded by 39-year-old Australian Julian Assange, “had advanced the struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech, just like last year’s winner, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo,” according to the Associated Press. He points to the recent revolution in Tunisia as proof of Wikileaks’ power to affect positive change in the world.

With typically more than 200 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize each year, nomination doesn’t necessarily mean that Wikileaks has a decent chance of winning the 10 million kronor ($1.6 million) prize. Still, the selection further elevates the status of what is arguably the most influential new force to emerge on the internet recently.

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