European Greens nominate Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

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The Green group in the European Parliament has nominated whistleblower Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, on the last day before a deadline for nomination expires tomorrow (1 February).

The Green/EFA group said that the world had discovered in 2013 “the face of a young man, who had overnight become an icon of state treason for some and a heroic defender of the most basic freedoms for many more”.

According to the Greens, Snowden’s revelations on US secret services tapping the internet, phone calls and other communications data shed light on the largest and most systematic privacy violations the “free world” has seen in decades.

“His action has immensely contributed to the advancement of democratic values and the global consciousness of our interdependency and interconnectedness, and hence of universal peace. And for all those reasons, he deserves the consideration of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to be honoured for the Nobel Peace Prize,” the Greens said in a statement.

Their statement is signed by the current co-presidents of the Green group Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms, as well as by the two front-people of the Green campaign for the European elections, Ska Keller (Germany) and José Bové (France). MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht (Germany), specialised in the field of civil rights, data protection and democracy, also signed the statement.

Last September, the Greens, together with the GUE/NGL leftist group in the European Parliament nominated Snowden to receive the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. However, the prize ended up going to a less controversial candidate, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai.

The Greens are not the only ones backing Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. Two prominent Norwegians, Baard Vegar Solhjell, a former Socialist environment minister, and Snorre Valen, a musician and politician, also nominated Snowden for having contributed to a “more stable and peaceful world order", the Guardian newspaper reported.

As a result, Snowden will be among the scores of names that the Nobel committee will consider for the prestigious award.

There may be even more nominations for Snowden, as the five-member panel will not confirm who has been nominated but those who submit nominations sometimes make them public.

Nominators, including members of national parliaments and governments, university professors and previous laureates, must enter their submissions by 1 February.

The prize committee members can add their own candidates at their first meeting after that deadline.

Nominating Snowden could be seen as an affront to many in the United States, who consider him a traitor.

Snowden “should be returned to the US as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process,” White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

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an european's picture

Seems someone said that the The NSA violate the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in many ways which a lot of "intelligent" surveillance isn't related in posing any security risks to U.S. such as foreign companies spying or handheld of Angela etc.

Would say he deserves that Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr David Hill's picture

Snowden is certainly a good candidate to received the Nobel Peace Prize but where some are saying that Bill Gates should be awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize also. I definitely say, no way I am afraid for a man who increased his personal wealth last year by nearly $7 billion, gives no more than 3% of his wealth away every year and invests the remaining 97% to make him at least 15% profit annually without paying tax through his foundation. If he was truly a humanitarian he would give at least 15% away and then he would still keep the status quo. These Foundations have vested-interest as businesses, not charities and where their primary concern is not humanity when you delve into how they operate. But there again, money talks as they say and the Nobel Peace Prize over the years has lost a great deal of its image. You only have to look Al Gore in this respect for one who made a video about climate change, gave a few speeches that he was paid for and got the prize. The same year Irena Sendler who in WW2 saved 2,500 children risking her life every day against the Nazis tyranny, was gruesomely tortured by them and nearly shot by a Nazi firing squad was nominated, but Gore got it. Can someone tell me which one was better to have received the Peace Prize? I for one say Sendler and where I say that the Nobel Committee have lost their
way in modern times and are now mainly concerned it appears with
pleasing politicians and the wealthy, not those who have literally saved the lives of thousands of young people from certain death in the Nazi death camps. Alfred Nobel would turn in his grave and no Gates has not done anything better in his life than thwarted nominees such as Irena Sendler. No, Gates should not get the prize and someone like Sir Nicholas is a far more worthy person !

Dr David Hill
Chief Executive
World Innovation Foundation

Charles_M's picture

I don't recall reading or hearing anywhere that Snowden has championed green causes. The EP Green Group are just as guilty as any other cheap party of latching on to a high profile cause to raise their own credibility.

Dr David Hill's picture

Well said Charles, totally agree and typical of all political parties.

Just sent a letter to one or two UK newspapers you might be interested in. A bit long but it gets to the root of modern politics I believe.

Regards,

David

Is it no wonder that people are continually not voting at both national and local elections as the people continue to realise that politicians just do not listen to their concerns or anything that really means anything to the majority of people. Indeed if they wished to know why increasingly less people are not coming out to vote for them, they only have to look in the mirror. For the latest decision by government not to release the ‘open’ criticised HS2 report on the grounds that it was not in the public’s interest to release the HS2 report that the commissioner of our Freedom of Information said it was, is a clear example of why politicians are just not trusted anymore. In this respect if HS2 is so good why will they not allow the criticism by Whitehall civil servants who were openly allowed to in a fairly unique event to share their personal views on this national matter without redress, to be published? This smacks at matters of cover-up as usual to a great extent and where democracy, openness and transparency are just not a part of modern politics in the UK anymore. Indeed another nail in the coffin of democracy I fear and where even less people as a percentage of the total voting population will just not bother to vote. Therefore again, look yourselves in the mirror all those in Westminster and realise that the people are not as stupid as you really appear to think. Indeed it appears that they apparently must think that voters are incapable of judging for themselves presumably even value for money? But could it possibly be also the reason why parliamentarians want to drop the voting age to sixteen now, as our young are far more gullible than older informed voters who have realise a long time ago that politicians are just not what they appear to be. In this respect as it is a time-served exercise in determining the mindset of our political classes, 16 years of age is simply a no brainer for me, but could it be that our highly enlightened politicians know something that I just cannot get my head around? But can anyone else for that matter understand this logic is the big question? Basically it appears to me that they have their own agendas, objectives and vested-interests to look after in the long-term than that of the voters in reality and therefore there is no point in voting in my opinion for such personal objectives? You only have to look at the jobs that some former ministers et al end up with in business after they leave office to see this clearly and where some they ultimately controlled when in office.

Dr David Hill
Chief Executive
World Innovation Foundation

an european's picture

Forgot As Well the GCHQ of UK spewing it's own people with spies breaching some laws as well but we already know mostly agree with me about the lack of justice at least seems to be that case by 65 % of americans!

@Charles_M
At least Snowden has championed keen causes .
I think it's green enough don't you !