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Thursday, February 03, 2011

WikiLeaks receives 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nomination

WikiLeaks has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. A Norwegian lawmaker says the website's disclosures of classified documents promote world peace. WikiLeaks is a website that anonymously publishes documents, such as U.S. war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan. Supporters say it promotes transparency and democracy; critics say it threatens global security. The man who nominated WikiLeaks is Snorre Valen, 26, a Norwegian politician. After casting his vote, he wrote on his online blog that WikiLeaks has exposed corruption, war crimes and torture around the world. He compared what he called WikiLeaks' battle for human rights and democracy with that of last year's Nobel Prize winner, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. A WikiLeaks spokesperson has said the nomination is a "gratifying surprise" - VOA

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