07/16/2013 08:22 pm ET Updated Jul 17, 2013

Edward Snowden Nobel Peace Prize: Swedish Professor Nominates NSA Leaker (VIDEO)

A Swedish professor named Stefan Svallfors has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize, RT reports. In a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Svallfors said Snowden deserved the award due to his “heroic effort at great personal cost,” and that he had shown “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Svallfors also mentions the awarding of the 2009 Novel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, arguing that giving the 2013 prize to Snowden would “help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award US President Barack Obama 2009 award,” according to RT.

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