A Norwegian politician has nominated WikiLeaks for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying the secret-sharing website contributes to freedom of speech and government transparency.
Snorre Valen, a 26-year-old member of Norway's parliament, submitted the nomination Tuesday, the last day the Nobel Committee accepted proposals for 2011's prize.
"By disclosing information about corruption, human rights abuses and war crimes, WikiLeaks is a natural contender for the Nobel Peace Prize," Valen told Reuters Wednesday.
Among those allowed to submit nominations are previous winners, political science or law professors, and members of national parliaments. (Continues here)