Edward Snowden was nominated a Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politicians for exposing the United State's surveillance program.
In the nomination letter, Norwegian parliamentarians Baard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen stated that the “changes in policy that followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing have contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.”
Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then Russia after leaking classified documents on the NSA spying programs. He faces charges of espionage and theft and is currently in Russia on temporary asylum. However, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that if Snowden wanted to return to the United States and plead guilty, prosecutors have shown a willingness to negotiate.
Solhjell and Valen have stated that they “don’t necessarily condone or support all of his disclosures,” but that his “actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies.”