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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the us-declares-war-on-norway dept.

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SmartAboutThings writes "Edward Snowden has a chance of getting the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, as two Norwegian members of the Parliament have nominated him — Baard Vegard Solhjell (a former environment minister) and Snorre Valen. So, the fact that members of the Norwegian Parliament have proposed him for the Nobel Peace Prize could improve his chance of winning. After all, if Obama got this prize, why wouldn't Snowden get it?"

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Alternative Nomination (4, Insightful)

FranklinWebber (1307427) | about a year ago | (#46100917)

I'd like to nominate Dr. Thomas Neff (http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/14/01/29/0157208/megatons-to-megawatts-program-comes-to-a-close) as more deserving.

As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101025)

I thought the Peace Prizes to Gore and Obama to be the most asinine thing that the committee has ever done.

To implicitly compare those two politicians to the likes of King or Gandhi just disgusts me.

What next, giving one to Jethro Tull?!

Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (4, Funny)

Barsteward (969998) | about a year ago | (#46101095)

"What next, giving one to Jethro Tull?!"

nah, give one to Cross eyed Mary instead...

Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101139)

Obama got his Peace Prize because they couldn't give Bush a Warmonger Prize.

Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (5, Informative)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year ago | (#46101141)

They also gave one to Yasser Arafat.

Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (4, Informative)

ISoldat53 (977164) | about a year ago | (#46101289)

And Henry Kissinger.

Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (4, Interesting)

Shinobi (19308) | about a year ago | (#46101467)

Likewise, they also gave one to Menachim Begin, who was just as nasty a terrorist as Arafat.

Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101333)

Well, Jethro Tull at least did not kill any civilians, so they are still more deserving than Gore and Obama...

Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101371)

I thought the Peace Prizes to Gore and Obama to be the most asinine thing that the committee has ever done.

Definitely. Gore's was to pander to loony liberals and Obama's was simply to try pander to his Muslim brotherhood. What next? Giving one posthumously to Chavez? The Nobel Peace Prize has always been a joke .

Caesar Chavez (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101643)

You should be more careful about your hyperbole. A Nobel Peace Prize for Caesar Chavez would go well with his US Medal of Freedom.

Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (5, Insightful)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about a year ago | (#46101569)

> thought the Peace Prizes to Gore and Obama to be the most asinine thing that the committee has ever done.

Concur 100% ! Considering Obama did fuck all to receive the prize, Snowden exposing the lies of the government most certainly deserves more then 1 medal !

Re: the most asinine thing (2)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about a year ago | (#46101671)

Asinine, yes. But more asinine that Kissinger? Or Arafat? That's a pretty high bar.

Re:Alternative Nomination (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101071)

AMEN! Unfortunately, if Obama can get one, any turncoat-calling-himself-whistleblower can get one, too.
It's sad.

Re:Alternative Nomination (4, Insightful)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year ago | (#46101183)

AMEN! Unfortunately, if Obama can get one, any turncoat-calling-himself-whistleblower can get one, too.
It's sad.

Highly unlikely; only people with political influence get them. Obama got one for not being Bush; Snowden can likely get one for not being the NSA.

Re:Alternative Nomination (3, Interesting)

alexander_686 (957440) | about a year ago | (#46101373)

I wouldn’t say politically influential. I would say flavor of the month, politically trendy. Not always, and some of the nominations have been good, but most are “safe choices” from a isolated, Nordic perspective. (I mean, there is only so much China could do for when Liu Xiaobo won 2 years ago. Norway just does not have much direct trade with China).

As for nomination – It is a important step but I think it is overstated here. There are some big wigs who never got a noble because nobody nominated them. That being said, getting nominated is a fairly low bar to get over. IIRC there are a couple hundred people who can nominate a person and it only takes one. Some of the past nominations were truly fringe. The wheat is shifted from the chaff much later in the process.

Re:Alternative Nomination (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101653)

Yeah, but Obama turned out to be Bush, after all.

Re:Alternative Nomination (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about a year ago | (#46101359)

I'd like to nominate myself as much more random than some of the recent nominees.

Re:Alternative Nomination (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about a year ago | (#46101677)

Well, maybe someday the Nobel committee will pull the same stunt that Time magazine did [wikipedia.org] .

Funnily enough, I actually knew someone who put "Person of the Year, Time Magazine, 2006" on his CV.

Great news! (4, Interesting)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year ago | (#46100969)

This is a HELL of a lot better than when Obama got the prize, just for being elected. An unknown nobody who had run a successful campaign got a peace prize just for moving into the White House? Totally bogus.

Maybe the committee has decided that they would like to have some credibility.

I'm all for Snowden getting the prize. To bad it has been cheapened with some of the past awards.

Re:Great news! (5, Insightful)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#46101045)

Obama got it because tbey wanted to slap George Bush in the face. He should have declined because that is beneath the presidency to participate in such an exercise.

Although this case may also be seen as a slap at the president, at least Snowden wpuld arguably deserve it, if you approve of him.

Re:Great news! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101539)

"... He should have declined because that is beneath the presidency to participate in such an exercise."
Yes, but it was NOT beneath Obama, was it?

Re:Great news! (3, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year ago | (#46101601)

He's a politician. What is?

Re:Great news! (2)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about a year ago | (#46101731)

Paying taxes? Listening to constituents? Earning a living through hard work?

Re:Great news! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101155)

Maybe the committee has decided that they would like to have some credibility.

The Nobel Peace Prize has LONG been without credibility; it's always been a tool to push some sort of agenda.

2012 - The European Union? You mean the group that shouted how we should stop Ghadafi from defeating the rebels in Libya, dragged the US into a response and then backed off leaving the US the sole owner of a military intervention they didn't want? Especially after forming deals with Ghadafi that had lessened his grip and got him to give up nuclear programs and chemical weapons? Yeah, that turned out well.

2009 - Barack Obama - all based on promises and rhetoric and no action... sure.

2007 - Al Gore for promoting environmental awareness? That's kind of the wrong category.

1994 - Yasser Arafat? He's done a lot to promote peace in the world.

1973 - Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho for the Paris Peace Accords - I'm sure the South Vietnamese really appreciated Le Duc Tho's peaceful process when he invaded and annexed their country.

And where is Mahatma Ghandi? Where is Pope John Paul II? The Nobel Peace Price ceased being about "Peace" long ago and has simply been a tool to highlight the political agenda of a few Norwegian scientists.

Re:Great news! (3, Interesting)

Immerman (2627577) | about a year ago | (#46101365)

>2007 - Al Gore for promoting environmental awareness? That's kind of the wrong category.

That depends on your perspective: within the next century or two climate change will likely be the single largest driver of warfare the world has ever seen. With flooding, drought, and famine striking simultaneously around the world things are going to get really ugly.

Still, I don't know that his sensationalist exploits in "raising awareness" should compare to people that actually get things done.

Re:Great news! (1, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year ago | (#46101241)

lol. The committe members later admitted they had jungle fever and only gave it to him so he would visit.

Re:Great news! (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year ago | (#46101367)

LMAO - that's just awful - and so politically incorrect!

Re:Great news! (4, Insightful)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#46101433)

I'm all for Snowden getting the prize. To bad it has been cheapened with some of the past awards.

I'm not. I think giving it to Snowden would serve only as a repudiation of Obama's prize, and not as an actual reward for promoting peace. It would only cheapen the award further.

It's the Nobel Peace Prize, not the Nobel Privacy Prize or the Nobel Stand-Up-To-Authority Prize. What Snowden did was good and needed and courageous, but it wasn't related to Peace or to saving lives. In fact, it's actually inflamed diplomatic tensions. How about giving it to that doctor in Africa who didn't get it in 2013, or the megatons-to-megawatts guy suggested above?

Re:Great news! (4, Insightful)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year ago | (#46101493)

And, you don't think that exposing an all-seeing police state has any bearing on peace?

Re:Great news! (0)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#46101605)

No, I actually don't. I think exposing an all-seeing police state has great implications for the rights of that state's citizens, but has very little bearing on life vs. death. Snowden's revelations haven't actually saved anyone's lives, or stopped a war, or otherwise prevented violence. I think there are better candidates.

Re:Great news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101691)

Shhh! They can't rebel against it if they don't know about it.

Re:Great news! (5, Insightful)

kheldan (1460303) | about a year ago | (#46101737)

Mod idea up. Snowden may have opened a gigantic, planet-sized can of worms, but it was a festering, nasty-ass can of worms that needed opening. The one spark of non-cynicism that remains alive within me cheers on people like Snowden, and gives me hope that the human race can be saved from a descent into global fascism.

commies! (1)

Trepidity (597) | about a year ago | (#46100979)

Well, sort of [wikipedia.org] , anyway.

Re:commies! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101215)

And this is worse than BOTH the US parties exactly how?

I think he deserves it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46100985)

Respect, Snowden...Respect (bow)

Re:I think he deserves it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101049)

Incorrect. He sold out his country and his people. We need to Polonium his traitorious ass. Our country is less safe thanks to him.

Re:I think he deserves it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101103)

Why is it that the same people that hate Obama and the NSA surveillance state and want them brought up on charges for violating American's rights also want them to violate US laws by murdering someone?

With that kind of cognitive dissonance, you probably believe in intelligent design.

Re:I think he deserves it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101529)

It does not violate US laws, it is us law. The penalty for treason is execution, which is entirely different from murder (consult your Webster's). Using the word "murder" is a incorrect attempt to frame the argument differently and is transparent to most educated people.

Re:I think he deserves it (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year ago | (#46101647)

You might consult the constitution for the definition of "treason," before you try to play the pedantry card and make yourself look even more like a frothing nutbag.

Re: I think he deserves it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101123)

Please don't feed this troll

Re:I think he deserves it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101153)

Dear stupid inbred wanker, please do the world a favour; take your genes out of the gene pool

Re:I think he deserves it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101413)

Unfortunately he already mated with all the crackwhores in his trailer park.

Nobel peace prize has little to do with safety of (-1)

pijokela (462279) | about a year ago | (#46101273)

It doesn't matter if people in the US feel less safe now. I, as a non-USian, feel a lot more empowered and at peace with the world now. I definately believe that his actions did help world peace overall even if they did hurt US interests. Hypocrisy was running too rampant and it is a good thing that it was slapped down a bit.

Re:I think he deserves it (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about a year ago | (#46101405)

Absolutely correct!

Assuming by "country" you mean "the cabal of ruling elite that created the system to invasively monitor the populace they claim to represent".

Another way of looking at it: (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46100993)

Obama won one of these, so what does winning this prize really mean?

Re:Another way of looking at it: (3, Insightful)

MobyDisk (75490) | about a year ago | (#46101057)

As snarky as that comment is, it rings true. The impact of the Nobel Peace Prize has been diluted by awarding it to someone as an attempt to motivate them, rather than based on what they actually did. Perhaps if Obama goes on to earn that prize after the fact then it might restore the prize's meaning to some degree.

Re:Another way of looking at it: (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101219)

I mean let's just have a look at the winners:
A christian woman (mother Teresa) who tortured sick people by not giving them access to treatment and pain killers. (I bet if I left her out I would get +5, but fuck it)
A bunch of US presidents.
Henry Kissinger, who was involved in several wars.
Probably the most similar to Snowden was the German man who alerted the rest of the world to the German re-armament.
While he did get the prize it caused 2 committee members to resign because they didn't want to give the prize to a "criminal". His crime being of course treason for alerting the rest of the world to the re-armament.
And lastly Ghandi, who made peaceful protests by not eating. Oh wait, never mind. The person who most comes to mind when you think peace never actually got a nobel peace prize.

Ah... the Nobel Peace Prize (2)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | about a year ago | (#46101017)

Gives a whole new meaning to the classic phrase "it's not what you know; it's who you know."

Re:Ah... the Nobel Peace Prize (4, Informative)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year ago | (#46101261)

Some of those prizes were to people or organizations who really deserved it: Jane Addams (no relation to Gomez or Morticia, you silly people), The International Red Cross (a couple of times), American Friends Service Committee (for humanitarian relief efforts during and after WWII), Linus Pauling, Martin Luther King, Amnesty International, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela / F.W. de Klerk, Doctors Without Borders, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf all did a great deal in the service of peace and humanity, and many took great risks to do so.

That kind of litany makes awards to people like Henry Kissinger even more of a travesty.

Not a chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101029)

He already did good and deserves the prize. No chance.

They need (5, Insightful)

waspleg (316038) | about a year ago | (#46101035)

to take away Obama's and give him that one. They should do it while playing the candidate Obama vs President Obama videos in the background.

Re:They need (5, Funny)

CubicleZombie (2590497) | about a year ago | (#46101327)

But if you like your Nobel Peace Prize then you can keep your Nobel Peace Prize.

Re:They need (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about a year ago | (#46101363)

Yeah, but you have to receive it to know if you deserve it.

Not a surprise (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101043)

Or if "Bowling for Columbine" can win awards at Cannes! Or if the latest anti-Cultural Revolution memoir can win a Nobel! A sure way to win an award in Europe is say something bad about a country Western Europe is jealous of.

Incredible irony (5, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about a year ago | (#46101077)

If he wins, then we'll have one Peace Prize winner being honored for resisting the authoritarianism of another Peace Price winner.

Re:Incredible irony (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101251)

Should be an interesting acceptance speech!

Re:Incredible irony (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101305)

In your world Obama represents authoritarianism? How's it like living with the Care Bears?

Re:Incredible irony (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101369)

Not that absurd. In 1994 Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres co-won the award for their attempts at negotiating peace between Israel and Palestine. Within 6 years, Arafat was using 'not quite Iranian' 'not quite army' support to attack Israeli civilians during a Passover celebration.

Obama (4, Insightful)

thetagger (1057066) | about a year ago | (#46101079)

Just about every human being that does not drone-strike weddings was a better choice than Obama.

Congratulations to the Nobel Prize comittee for making such a particularly bad choice out of a universe of about 7 billion.

Re:Obama (5, Insightful)

kamapuaa (555446) | about a year ago | (#46101107)

Obama won the Peace Prize for being a president who wasn't Bush. Nobel prizes are an asinine political statement by a committee that's become reactionary anti-American and anti-China.

Re:Obama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101193)

> Obama won the Peace Prize for being a president who wasn't Bush.

That was the mistake. The Obama doctrine is the Bush doctrine plus drones.

Re:Obama (3, Interesting)

TyFoN (12980) | about a year ago | (#46101317)

He actually got it mostly for his work in nuclear disarmament before he was president, however they were clearly smitten and should never have given him the prize.
We all (Norwegians) know it.

Re:Obama (5, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | about a year ago | (#46101149)

"out of a universe of about 7 billion"

So it's not just the Miss Universe pageant that is rigged to only choose Earthlings...

Re:Obama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101397)

> Just about every human being that does not drone-strike weddings was a better choice

Hey, look, he already had the Peace Prize, what was left? Go for the War Prize!

Yes, but (2)

necro81 (917438) | about a year ago | (#46101091)

Edward Snowden has a chance of getting the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Yes, but you could argue that G.W. Bush had a chance at the Peace Prize, too, since he was nominated. So could a flying pig, if it was nominated. Anyone who is nominated has a chance at winning.

Secret nominations? (3, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | about a year ago | (#46101125)

I thought that you were supposed to keep any nominations for a Nobel Prize secret? I know that the Nobel committee keeps them sealed for something like 60 years but I have no idea whether it's a convention, a rule, or just simply not bothering to tell anyone on the nominator's end.

Re:Secret nominations? (3, Informative)

firex726 (1188453) | about a year ago | (#46101599)

Officially it seems you're right, so either it's a rumor or someone did let it slip.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nomi... [nobelprize.org]

> What about the rumours circling around the world about certain people being nominated for the Nobel Prize this year?
> Well, either it's just a rumour, or someone among the invited nominators has leaked information. Since the nominations are kept secret for 50 years, you'll have to wait until then to find out.

As bad as Obama (1, Flamebait)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year ago | (#46101135)

Snowden hasn't done a damn thing for peace. What he has done is cripple the ability of the west to gain intelligence. Intelligence is critical to allowing governments to have the knowledge to avert wars. Peace also comes through improved diplomacy, and I don't think anyone can honestly say that diplomatic relations have improved anywhere since he started his tell all. What he has done has hurt diplomatic efforts for any number of nations and that is pretty much the opposite of being a peacemaker.

You can make arguments about exposing what was going on with peoples privacy being invaded. However that doesn't have a damn thing to do with being a peacemaker. Look at the people that have earned the Nobel Peace prize in the past, they all focused on improving relations and easing tensions. To say that what he did in any way helped peace makes a mockery of the Nobel Peace price and deprives those who actually deserve it. /flame on

Re:As bad as Obama (3, Interesting)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about a year ago | (#46101255)

I see your point, and I'm inclined to agree, mostly. But here's possible counterpoint.

Consider a country like North Korea. It's not really at war with anyone (unlike the U.S.), but it does plenty of saber-rattling (like the U.S.) It's also an authoritarian police state. Suppose one of its citizens pulled a Snowden, in a way that damaged the NK government's ability to be a police state, but also damaged its ability to conduct foreign espionage. Would it be reasonable for that NK citizen to receive the Peace Prize for that action?

If you say yes, than I would argue that in several important ways, his actions are similar to Snowden's.

Re:As bad as Obama (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101315)

Ah, I see why you named yourself Doofus.

Re:As bad as Obama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101693)

Because you don't like what he has to say and instead align yourself with the hypocrite GP?

Re:As bad as Obama (3, Insightful)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year ago | (#46101293)

Snowden hasn't done a damn thing for peace. What he has done is cripple the ability of the west to gain intelligence.

...and I think we're all agreed that the West has a lot of room to improve in the intelligence department. Although I'd disagree -- Snowden has educated the west, and hopefully helped people make more intelligent decisions.

Governments on the other hand, yes, they've been somewhat "crippled" if by crippled you mean "held accountable to their own charters and agreements".

We all know from time on the school playground that the most peaceful times are when those with the power are so busy squabbling amongst each other that they don't have time to oppress everyone else. If western nations are spending their energy improving diplomatic relations, that means they're less likely to be spending that time on world domination.

Re:As bad as Obama (5, Insightful)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year ago | (#46101319)

You are confused, there is no notion of the USA's gathering intelligence to avoid terrorist attacks or wars.

The federal government were watching the attackers of 9/11 to see what they would do. well, we saw what they did.

The federal government used "intelligence" to justity a pointless invasion of Iraq (as aside note we supported Saddam and gave him money and dual use technnology to build the WMD he used to gas Iranians and Kurds)

The CIA is using "intelligence" to protect their narcotics cash crops in Afghanistan, bombing competitors and protecting chosen drug lords.

The federal government currently has FBI and DHS finding low IQ morons, losers with no ability to do anything, courting them for weeks while filling their heads with violent thoughts and ideas and then providing them with fake bombs. And then swooping in for arrests and headlines and congratulations all around for yet another blow in the "war on terror".

This is the type of "intelligence" you are claiming is necessary? fuck you and all other shills for the US's corporate fascist government.

Re:As bad as Obama (4, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#46101337)

Intelligence is critical... to avert wars.

Right, but not in the way you think.

Take the Syria conflict, for example - President Obama was preparing to use our soldiers and pilots as the "rebels" private air force, until the public became aware that said "rebels" were actually members of Al Qaeda. So, yes, intelligence averted the US entering yet another conflict, as well as arming our own enemies again - but it was the government who wanted to start the war in the first place.

Sunshine is still the best disinfectant.

Re:As bad as Obama (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101341)

Hate Snowden all you like for whatever reason you like but that doesn't mean you can twist reality into something it's not.

The reality is that a lot of the world has come together to realize that the super powers are conspiring against them. This has bonded many countries together while hurting the relationships that the U.S. and Britain have with the rest of the world. Unfortunately for your world view the U.S. and Britain are only small pieces of the world puzzle. I would also argue that honesty has always proven to be a better tool for long term piece than the constant lying that was going on.

Re:As bad as Obama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101355)

"/flame on"

Don't flatter yourself. You have said nothing insightful or nothing that has not been said all over the retardosphere ad infinitum ever since this guy made the papers.

Re:As bad as Obama (3, Insightful)

Immerman (2627577) | about a year ago | (#46101491)

International war is not the only enemy to peace. So is a police state, where the government has declared war on its own populace. And we're getting dangerously close to a single executive order being able to turn our once-great nation into the most repressive police state the world has ever seen.

Re:As bad as Obama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101495)

Snowden hasn't done a damn thing for peace. What he has done is cripple the ability of the west to gain intelligence. Intelligence is critical to allowing governments to have the knowledge to avert wars.

Yeah!
Like this one: Iraq War [wikipedia.org]

Re:As bad as Obama (1)

fatphil (181876) | about a year ago | (#46101673)

> Intelligence is critical to allowing governments to have the knowledge to avert wars.

So-called "intelligence" was critical to allowing certain governments to have the knowledge to *start* wars. Is your memory so short? Of course, that "intelligence" was a thin tissue of lies, but who cares, that was the label applied to it at the time by the aggressor.

Not a fan. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101159)

The guy was trusted with sensitive information, and completely voided that trust. NDA, clearance, nothing mattered to him as much as being a "oh look at me, I want the world to see shit that every single country does."
It's the way the game is played. Don't like it? Go live in your little idealist utopia and exist in a bubble. Reality is out there. Reality is scary, and there are those who must do whatever it takes to protect the sheep from the wolf. 99% of the time, the sheep won't do anything to protect itself until it is too late.
Snowden destroyed what little faith the world had in the US to get shit done. To make mission.
As far as I'm concerned, Snowden should pay for his crime. He was trusted, and betrayed that trust.

Re:Not a fan. (3, Insightful)

Connie_Lingus (317691) | about a year ago | (#46101389)

he was trusted to look the other way while the people he worked for were breaking the law?

if he found out his bosses were, say, importing dope and selling it to kids to boost company profits, would you still be mad at him for "violating trust"?

no? well then i say to you sir that you are a hypocrite.

Re:Not a fan. (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year ago | (#46101719)

I'm sure glad that Russia warned the FBI about those Boston bombers, and that the FBI took them off the streets before they could kill anyone!

What's that? I got that wrong? Russia DID warn us about those boys, right? But, you say the FBI totally fucked up? So - you're saying that the idiots can't recognize intelligence when it bites them in the ass?

Well, I have to agree with you then. That really IS how the game is played. Your intelligence community isn't protecting anyone - it is preying on the sheep!

Why would he get it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101187)

The nobel prize list now has a long history of shady characters under its belt. If Snowden didn't hack into a system to issue drone strikes, I really don't see that he has a chance.

Yeah, a "Snowden's chance in hell" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101227)

good luck

It's a trap! (2)

David Betz (2845597) | about a year ago | (#46101235)

This is just a setup to get Snowden out in the open, so the US can catch him and bring him back to Black Mesa.

Guaranteed income (2)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about a year ago | (#46101243)

I hope he wins. Having an independent source of income will remove a lot of stress from his life.

Prof. Farnsworth: "... that may well win me the Nobel Prize!"
Leela: "In what field?"
Prof. Farnsworth"I don't care! They all pay the same!"

"First secure an independent income, then practice virtue."

      -- Old Greek Proverb

Re:Guaranteed income (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101561)

Don't worry, he's already getting well paid for what he did.

They should transfer Obama's to Snowden (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101249)

After all, Obama's was way premature and he has done nothing since the award to justify it.

Come on people... (2)

sudden.zero (981475) | about a year ago | (#46101275)

...just because someone is nominated doesn't mean they are worthy, or that they are going to receive it. Let's not forget that in 1939 Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!

Re:Come on people... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101497)

That was satirical and withdrawn shortly thereafter.

Spoiled prizes (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#46101279)

He was already nominated in 2013 [washingtonpost.com] , along with Manning, and at a time where it was very present in its implications in all the world. But the winner, if well to be respected for that, was too close to the current at that time american propaganda to sustain an invasion on Syria. What make you think this time will be different?

Conditions of Recipient (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101297)

In order to receive this prize, you need to come pick it up in person here in the US, along with two pieces of identification.
We won't arrest you when you come pick it up. *giggles* We promise.

- Government of USA

Nobel 'Peace' prize = Award from Israel (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101361)

The Nobel peace prize organisation is an extremist zionist creation, and may as well rename itself as the 'Israeli Propaganda Prize'. When the vile warmonger, Obama, was given the prize purely for being a 'black' US president, even the thickest sheeple should have got the message.

Snowden will no more win this 'prize' than you will travel to Mars. And yet, every piece of information 'leaked' by Snowden was covertly provided to him by an intelligence operation designed to 'inoculate' the general populace against being overly concerned about the growing level of full surveillance programs. Snowden is a dupe, as was Assange, and both (unwittingly) do the work of Team Obama and Team Blair. It is counter-productive in the extreme for a police state that is expanding at a record rate to even try to keep the scale of spying a secret from the great unwashed masses. Better instead to saturate them with the depressing facts of life, so the sheeple themselves will learn to hate discussing the oppressive and evil acts of the State.

But even though Snowden serves the elites, they do not want random well-placed people to spontaneously think about 'emulating' Snowden. So, like Manning and Assange, Snowden must spend the rest of his life under the threat of overt harm from the forces of the US government. This also helps cement in the minds of the sheeple that the State didn't want the information becoming public, when in fact the exact opposite was true.

Meanwhile, in plain view but denied every step of the way by organs like Slashdot, Google now expends all of its core energy on producing autonomous robotic tanks, designed to allow zionist forces to launch genocidal ground attacks against any target nation on the Earth. While the sheeple are constantly told utter nonsense about the imminent arrival of self-driving cars, the REAL self-driving vehicles are the military slaughter machines that do not need to concern themselves about the downsides of 'occidentally' rolling over the odd bus or pedestrian.

Snowden teaches people in the West (and in the dictatorships supported by the West) to expect to live in societies where protest and anti-war opinions are illegal, and the State is all-seeing. Snowden teaches people that hopelessness is the only valid emotional response. And this isn't because Snowden is a 'bad' person, just another easily manipulated dupe.

Re:Nobel 'Peace' prize = Award from Israel (4, Funny)

Khashishi (775369) | about a year ago | (#46101631)

You forgot the brain rays. The Zionists are using brain rays to alter people's subconscious into passivity. Fortunately, these rays can be blocked by a thin layer of aluminium.

Nobel Peace Prize has lost all credibility (2)

Khashishi (775369) | about a year ago | (#46101471)

Well, it's hard to say if it ever had any credibility.

Re:Nobel Peace Prize has lost all credibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101595)

It's not really a Nobel prize anyway. Just a political statement the Norwegians make every few years; usually anti-American even when it goes to a politically connected American.

The difference between Obama and Snowden (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about a year ago | (#46101499)

After all, if Obama got this prize, why wouldn't Snowden get it?

<sarcasm>Because Snowden hasn't droned enough civilians. [huffingtonpost.com] </sarcasm>

Trap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101547)

In order to accept the prize, wouldn't he have to go to a country that would have no problem extraditing him to the US?

Seal Team 6 (0)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about a year ago | (#46101565)

Will have a much easier time getting to Olso vs. Moscow.

He could use the money (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46101607)

It should bump him into a class of people in which US laws don't seem to apply.

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