WikiLeaks é indicado para o Prêmio Nobel da Paz. Segundo o parlamentar norueguês Snorre Valen, autor da indicação, o site é "uma das contribuições mais importantes para a liberdade de expressão e transparência" no século XXI.
Wikileaks nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Whistle-blower site WikiLeaks has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politician Snorre Valen, who cited its role in freedom of speech.
"WikiLeaks is one of this century's most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency," news agency NTB quoted Valen on Wednesday.
Valen cited WikiLeaks role in disclosing the assests of Tunisia's former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his nearest family, contributing to the protests that forced them into exile.
The member of parliament for the Socialist Left Party, part of Norway's ruling red-green coalition, also noted WikiLeaks publication of documents relating to corruption by authorities, governments and corporations as well as "illegal surveillance, war crimes and torture committed by a number of states".
The five-member Nobel Committee advises those making nominations not to reveal their proposals in advance.
However, there are no formal rules against doing so, allowing for plenty of speculation before the winner is announced, normally in early October.
The 2010 prize was awarded to imprisoned Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, who was unable to collect his award.
Published by Times Live - February 2, 2011