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Wikileaks ‘surprised’ at Nobel nomination. Snorre Valen MP’s WikiLeaks Nobel nomination caught the organization unprepared, according to Icelandic spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsonn. “Being nominated is a gratifying surprise. I think this acknowledges the influence Wikileaks has had, and is going to have”, he tells NRK. Norwegian Socialist Left Party (SV) MP Snorre Valen said yesterday, he believes Wikileaks has been one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech and openness.

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Wikileaks ‘surprised’ at Nobel nomination

Published on Thursday, 3rd February, 2011 at 11:15 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 4th February 2011 at 10:10.

Snorre Valen MP’s WikiLeaks Nobel nomination caught the organization unprepared, according to Icelandic spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsonn.

Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo
Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo
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“Being nominated is a gratifying surprise. I think this acknowledges the influence Wikileaks has had, and is going to have”, he tells NRK.

Norwegian Socialist Left Party (SV) MP Snorre Valen said yesterday, he believes Wikileaks has been one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech and openness.

Wikileaks’ disclosure about the Tunisian presidential family’s finances was responsible the country finally managing toe end its 24 years-long dictatorship, according to Mr Valen.

The organisation’s spokesperson was slightly more modest in his view, alleging WikiLeaks “has played a small role in the Tunisian rebellion by revealing documents from Tunisia”.

Nevertheless, WikiLeaks has recently endured heavy criticism for its policies, thought to have created hostility in many countries.  

“We have increased tensions short-term. It is clear there now friction in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen. There is tension in the world. This is partly caused by the release of the material”, admits Mr Hrafnsonn.

He is unsure whether the Nobel Peace Prize nomination will improve WikiLeaks’ reputation.

“It is difficult to say. So far, only one person has nominated us. There has been a lot of pressure on the organization and hatred directed at us by individuals, governments and institutions. We hope the criticism will subside, so that people can start to appreciate openness and start to see this is something positive,” he concluded.



Published on Thursday, 3rd February, 2011 at 11:15 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 4th February 2011 at 10:10.

This post has the following tags: wikileaks, kristinnhrafnsnorrevalen, nobelpeaceprize.





  
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