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Is Snowden worthy of his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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On Wednesday, January 29 news reports stated Edward Snowden has received an official joint nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, by “two Norwegian lawmakers.”

Could it be that Snowden is no longer being considered a traitor?

According to new reports, Bard Vegar and Snorre Valen are the two members of the Norwegian Parliament who made the joint nomination. They believe Snowden may have caused harm to classified U.S. surveillance programs, but they believe he also opened the world up for debate regarding how NSA's actions infringed upon the privacy of every citizen, in every country.

“There is no doubt that the actions of Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term,” Vegar and Valen wrote. Adding, “We do not necessarily condone or support all of his disclosures.”

However, that is not the same sentiment coming from James Clappor, a U.S. Director of National Intelligence, who believes the leaked documents by Snowden could have a vast impact on their counterterroism work.

In Clappor’s testimony before Senate Intelligence Committee he said, the leaked documents in the media have caused major harm.

In these news reports Clappor didn't say a word about human lives being in danger, and if they are, most likely that information is labeled “classified”. He only referred to their work being in danger.

Does that mean U.S. citizens and people around the world have to choose between counterterroism or having their entire rights to privacy ravaged?

While some see Snowden's actions in a different light than the U.S. Intelligence Committee does. The Federal government still agrees that NSA's privacy infringements are invasive, but the debate remains open as how to handle Snowden's punishment, if any.

After all, the U.S. Congress hadn't a clue to the depth of NSA’s surveillance program, PRISM. It was only after Snowden blew the whistle, and in 2013 U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that the program seems to violate the U.S. Constitution in terms of privacy due to the extent NSA's data mining.

How do you feel about Snowden receiving this nomination, and how did this nominee information get leaked? According to the Nobel Peace Prize website, “nominees [are] either sheer guesswork or information put out by the person or persons behind the nomination." Otherwise the Nobel Committee's nominations are kept a secret for 50 years.

Did Snowden leak his nominee information or did Vagar and Vallen feel it was necessary to announce their nominee?