Wikileaks for Nobel of Peace?

This came as quite the surprise, but it appears that a young left-wing Norwegian legislator nominated Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace Prize. My staunch support for Wikileaks notwithstanding, I’m divided about this. On the one hand, to actually see Wikileaks receive the Peace Nobel seems like that least they could do, after the epic fail two years ago. On the other hand, Wikileaks has only been around since 2006, and been mainstream for a little more than a year. And so far, most of what they have accomplished is to shed a much needed light on the misdeeds of the powerful. It’s my deeply held belief that this is the first step towards worldwide stout peace, instead of the brittle, string-attached, loophole-riddled peace that secrecy and deception gave us so far. But, and this is an important point, such state of affairs is still in the future. Nobel prizes should reward what has already been achieved, not future achievements, no matter how likely they may be. And this is not to say that Wikileaks has so far achieved nothing—such a claim would be grossly unfair—but, notable and extraordinary as they are, said achievements have yet to result in widespread long lasting peace.


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