Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, the RFERL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) website reports today (January 29, 2014).
In their nomination letter, Socialist lawmakers Baard Vegard Solhjell and Snorre Valen say they do not necessarily condone all of Snowden's classified disclosures, but say his whistle-blowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world.
In another related development, the top U.S. intelligence official has called on Snowden to return the secret documents he took from the NSA detailing U.S. electronic spying around the globe.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing today that Snowden's disclosures had caused "profound damage" by revealing U.S. surveillance methods to terrorists. Snowden is receiving asylum in Russia, in order to avoid espionage and other serious charges in the United States.