Stefan Svallfors, a professor of sociology at Umea University has submitted former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as his pick for the Nobel Peace Prize. Recently he sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating Snowden because of his leaks on several secret NSA surveillance programs being run in the U.S. and in Europe.
In a letter addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee and published in Swedish newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren, Professor Stefan Svallfors nominated Snowden for his 'heroic effort at great personal cost' in exposing the NSA's various spying programs and data collection activities.
Snowden "helped to make the world a little bit better and safer," Svallfors wrote in his letter.
"It would show its willingness to stand up in defense of civil liberties and human rights, even when such a defense [could] be viewed with disfavor by the world's dominant military power," he continued.
This gesture of goodwill towards Snowden may be a little too late for this year's prize because the deadline for submissions is Feb. 1. Between the months of March and August the advisers review the short list of candidates, with the annual prize being awarded in December. The Nobel Peace Prize was started in 1901 and has been awarded to 100 individuals and 24 organizations to date.
Source: Daily Mail