Julian Assange nominated for Peace Prize

February 3, 2011

Julian Assange, founder of the whistle blowing website, Wikileaks, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by a member of the Norwegian government.

Snorre Valen, the MP who nominated Assange, revealed the nomination in his latest blog entry.

“Liu Xiabao was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech in China, Likewise: WikiLeaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture.”

As a rule, Nobel Peace Prize nominations are usually a closely kept secret, however it appears that Valen has ‘outed’ Assange’s vote.

The Nobel Peace Prize is an award that celebrates notable people who in some way aim to promote peace throughout the world.

Julian Assange has received a backlashing from various governments for some time now. He has been getting under the skin of these governments by releasing classified documents about issues such as the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assange is now in the midst of publishing 250,000 US diplomatic cables in partnership with influential media worldwide such as Der Spiegel, The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El País.

The winner of the Peace Prize will be announced in October. It is up to just five people, chosen by the Norwegian Storting, who select the winner from a list of candidates that has to be submitted by February 1st.


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