Dear David Hoffman,
Edward Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Two Norwegian MPs have put forward the whistleblower’s name for one of the world’s highest honors for “[contributing] to a more stable and peaceful world order” and speaking out against abuses of power.
If President Obama, a man responsible for mass drone killings, can win the Peace Prize, then there’s nothing barring the man who helped expose his unconstitutional overreach and threat to international transparency.
Please, join us in calling on the Norwegian Nobel Committee to listen to these MPs and put Snowden on the shortlist in March, helping him secure asylum in sympathetic nations and showing Obama he deserves to be pardoned.
PETITION TO NORWEGIAN NOBEL COMMITTEE: Put US whistleblower Edward Snowden on your shortlist for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
— The folks at Watchdog.net
Since the main criteria for recent winners of the Nobel Peace Prize seems to be acting against the interests of the United States and the West, I suppose Snowden is as good a candidate as any, especially since unlike a certain recent Nobel Prize laureate, he has managed to do something before being nominated.
To tell the truth though, I am not sure to what extent Snowden should be regarded as a hero. He has indeed helped to expose some of the more egregious abuses of power by the NSA and other agencies. I would fell more comfortable assigning him the role of hero if he were not currently residing in a country that has been historically known for spying and abusing its citizens. I also can’t help but consider that he has done more to help the bad guys in the world, terrorists and authoritarian nations like China and Russia than he has helped any Americans. It’s good to oppose the misdemeanors committed by the US government, provided you don’t aid and abed felonies committed elsewhere.
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