Secret-spilling Website Nominated for Nobel Prize

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OSLO, Norway (AP) - A Norwegian lawmaker says he has nominated
WikiLeaks for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

Snorre Valen of the Socialist Left Party says the secret-spilling website has promoted human rights, democracy and freedom of speech just like last year's winner, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

The 26-year-old legislator wrote on his blog Wednesday that WikiLeaks has exposed "corruption, war crimes and torture" through its releases of classified documents. He also cited disclosures of nepotism and corruption in Tunisia's presidential family, saying WikiLeaks "made a small contribution to bringing down" that regime.

The prize committee typically receives more than 200 nominations. The nomination deadline for the 2011 prize was Tuesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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