Could Wiki Leaks Win A Nobel Peace Prize?
Wiki Leaks, Peace Prize, Really?
Mother Teresa, Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela and Wikileaks! The controversial website dedicated too whistle-blowing could join the world’s greatest humanitarians as recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Snorre Valen a Norwegian Parliamentarian entered Wikileaks as a candidate last week saying Wikileaks deserved the prize for having contributed to world peace. One instance is the exposure to corruption in Tunisia, Africa. The Country normally operated as a republic under the authoritarian regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who governed from 1987 to 2011 before fleeing following wide-range protests. Valen said “that contributed, in a small part to the fall of a more, than 24-year-long regime.” Valen also said another reason for nominating Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace Prize was to support free speech. “Even though I may not always approve of everything Wikileaks does, I think it very important to protect the freedom of speech and the transparency Wikileaks represents,” he said. However Nobel Peace Prize expert Kristian Berg Harpviken of the Peace Research institute also said a Nobel Peace Prize for Wikileaks is unlikely, Wikileaks reps are saying the nomination acknowledges the influence Wikileaks has had, and will have in the future.
Founder Julian Assange of the controversial website believes this influence will bring on a new era, “ this is a different game, a new way of activism, free press activism” says Assange “It’s not about saving the whales, it about giving people the right information they need to support whaling or not support whaling, why? It’s the raw ingredient that is needed to make adjustments in society, without it we’re just sailing around in the dark.”
Wikileaks is a non-profit organization that has no permanent offices; it’s really just a small group of people with technology. Then there’s the legion of volunteers around the globe, and donations of upwards of $1.3 million this year alone. “We’re not going after a particular group of people or an individual country” says Assange, but when abusive organizations suffer consequences, the victims are elevated and that is a very pleasurable activity to be involved in.