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Poll: Edward Snowden Should Have Won Nobel Peace Prize

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by Andreas Germanos, Common Dreams

Edward Snowden should have been the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to readers of the UK’s Guardian.

According to results of a poll taken by the newspaper, 48 percent of readers thought that the NSA whistleblower — who was among the possible winners of the official prize — should be given the award.

Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year term for releasing a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, received 15 percent of readers’ votes.

Pakistani eduction rights activist Malala Yousafzai garnered 37 percent of the votes.

Yousafzai was jointly awarded along with Indian children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi the official Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. At 17, Yousafzai, known widely as simply Malala, becomes the youngest Laureate. Though Satyarthi’s name may be less familiar to many, his decades of peaceful work in the tradition of Gandhi caused him to be nominated several times in the past decade, the Times of India reports.

In their nomination of Snowden for the official prize, Norwegian lawmakers Bård Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen stated that his “actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies. Its value can’t be overestimated.”

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