Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

World | January 29, 2014, Wednesday // 16:39|  views

Edward Snowden, photo by EPA/BGNES

Edward Snowden was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday for making the world a safer place.

"There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term," wrote B?rd Vegar Solhjell, a former environment and education minister for the Socialist Left Party, in a joint statement with fellow parliamenterian Snorre Valen.

"We are, however, convinced that the public debate and change in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden's whistle blowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order."

The news comes just days after the US intelligence leaker alleged the National Security Agency engaged in industrial espionage.

In an interview with Germany's ARD TV channel, the former NSA contractor said the agency would spy on big German companies that competed with US firms.

The U.S. National Security Agency is involved in industrial espionage and will grab any intelligence it can get its hands on regardless of its value to national security, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told the German TV network.

Referring to the German engineering company Siemens, Mr Snowden told ARD:

"If there is information at Siemens that they [the NSA] think would be beneficial to the national interests, not the national security, of the United States, they will go after that information and they'll take it."

Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum by Russia, also said he believed that US officials wanted to kill him.

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