WikiLeaks, Internet Earn Peace Prize Nominations
The controversial anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks and the Internet are among the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nominations that were announced on Tuesday (March 1).
The Norwegian Nobel Committee released a record number of nominations this year — 241, in fact; up four from last year. Nominations are made by members of national parliaments, as well as by law, history or political science professors and former winners.
The nomination for WikiLeaks comes just months after the site published thousands of secretive U.S. diplomatic reports . The release of these documents caused strains between the government and various allies.
Its founder, Julian Assange, is facing sex-related charges and a criminal probe of potential espionage charges in the United States.
As for the Internet, this is not the first time the World Wide Web earned a nomination . Although it lost out just last year, some say it has a chance this year to pull off a win in 2011 in light of its recent role in catalyzing revolutions in Egypt , Libya and Tunisia.
Other nominees this year include the European Union, Svetlana Gannushkina and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
The laureate or laureates — to be named in October — will receive a sum of about 10 million Swedish crowns, or $1.58 million.
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