Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian politician behind the proposal said on Wednesday, a day after the deadline for nominations expired.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee accepts nominations from public until February 1st, but they have the choice to make their own nominations until the end of the month.
Norwegian parliamentarian Snorre Valen said WikiLeaks was “one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency” in the 21st century.
“By disclosing information about corruption, human rights abuses and war crimes, WikiLeaks is a natural contender for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Valen said.
In mid-January, former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer gave WikiLeaks information about the bank accounts of more than 2,000 prominent individuals, many of whom may have committed tax evasion.
The nomination period for the 2011 prize ended Tuesday. The committee received 237 names for the prize in 2010.
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