A pair of Norwegian lawyers, Baard Vegard Solhjell and Snorre Valen, made the nomination on the view that Snowden’s actions made for a safer world, as reported in Market Watch.
[He] may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term. We are, however, convinced that the public debate and change in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden's whistleblowing have contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.
The Nobel Committee is expected to announce this year’s award on October 10. Snowden will have plenty of competition as nominations numbered more than 250 last year.
Snowden’s nomination must have pleased few in the administration. And if we can believe anything he says at all, Obama promised to reform NSA’s collection of phone data.