WikiLeaks Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize (Associated Press)
A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated WikiLeaks for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, saying Wednesday that its disclosures of classified documents promote world peace by holding governments accountable for their actions.
In December, Vice President Joe Biden called Assange a “high-tech terrorist” and suggested he should be pursued and prosecuted. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has said similar things on her Facebook page.
Harpsviken keeps a list of “possible and confirmed nominations,” based on public announcements and his own sources. His list this year includes WikiLeaks as well as Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking material to the website. Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva, Afghan human rights advocate Sima Samar, and several rights groups including U.S.-based Wings of Hope and Cuban opposition movement Damas de Blanco are also on the list. His own top guess is Russian rights group Memorial, followed by activists Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Ory Okolloh of Kenya.