Quote of the Day: Why WikiLeaks Deserves the Nobel

An explanation from the one who nominated WikiLeaks for the prize

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"It is not, and should never be, the priviledge (sic) of politicians to regulate which crimes the public should never be told about, and through which media those crimes become known.

Liu Xiabao was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech in China. Likewise: Wikileaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture – some times even conducted by allies of Norway. And most recently: By disclosing the economic arrangements by the presidential family in Tunisia, Wikileaks have made a small contribution to bringing down a 24-year-lasting dictatorship."

--Snorre Valen, a member of Norway's Parliament on why he nominated WikiLeaks for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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