It almost feels that WikiLeaks' nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize
was inevitable. The site's focus on transparency and exposing corruption and human rights abuse, as well as its knack for stirring up controversy, seems tailored to draw the attention of the Nobel Prize
Committee. After announcing that WikiLeaks had been nominated, Snorre Valen, a member of the Norwegian parliament, called the site "one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency." If WikiLeaks were to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the committee would come under intense criticism, especially after the controversial choices of Barack Obama
and Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo
in the last two years. Such a decision would likely put Obama himself in the awkward position of criticizing the Committee, only two years after he humbly accepted the same award from the Norwegian group. It is important to note, though, that Julian Assange
is not nominated for the Nobel Prize -- presumably because of his immense ego -- only the organization he helped found.