January 29, 2014 - 15:40 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Two Norwegian lawmakers said they have jointly nominated former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Associated Press.
Socialist lawmakers Baard Vegard Solhjell, a former environment minister, and Snorre Valen said Wednesday, Jan 29, the public debate and policy changes "in the wake of Snowden's whistleblowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order."
Being nominated just means Snowden will be one of scores of names that the Nobel committee will consider for the prestigious award.
The five-member panel won't confirm who's been nominated but those who submit nominations sometimes make them public.
Nominators, including members of national parliaments and governments, university professors and previous laureates, must enter their submissions by Feb 1.
The prize committee members can add their own candidates at their first meeting after that deadline.