PRIO Director's Nobel Speculations
Today, 1 February is the deadline for nominations to the Nobel Peace Prize.
PRIO Director Kristian Berg Harpviken thinks that 2016 may finally be Edward Snowden's year. His role in alerting citizens across the globe about the extent – and the dangers – of electronic surveillance is undisputable, Harpviken writes.
Figuring in his speculations also in previous years, Harpviken cites last year's EU parliament vote calling on all member countries to "drop any criminal charges”, to grant Snowden protection and to prevent extradition, as a token of continued focus and increased acceptance. Snowden won't go away, and for every change in legislation and surveillance practices based on the information he leaked it is getting harder for the US government to continue branding him a traitor and a criminal.