Assange For Nobel Peace Prize?

October 11, 2012 by  

Assange For Nobel Peace Prize?, Paddy Power is today offering good odds on Julian Assange or Facebook winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The bookies have odds of 16/1 on the prize going to the Wikileaks, founder currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy. For the social networking site, odds are set at 33/1, offering some unusual choices for the peace prize normally reserved for academics, politicians and peace campaigners.

Not only do the pair miss this criterion, both have also made questionable contributions to world peace. The release of thousands of US government documents by Julian Assange caused a diplomatic storm opposed to harmony, and his precarious position in Ecuador’s embassy in London continues to cause tensions. Most would agree Facebook has also done little to further peace, but has surely contributed to millions of petty online disputes.

Some more likely candidates for the prize set to be announced tomorrow include professor of political science and writer Gene Sharp who has odds of 6/4, and Sima Samar an Afghan politician with 5/2 odds. Nobel Prize winners are chosen annually by five members of the Parliament of Norway. The peace prize is the final award given to individuals working in a range of fields who have contributed to ending or preventing conflict.

Twitter users have already been commenting on tomorrow’s prize:

@Westwingreport tweeted: “On This Day. 2002: Former Pres. Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize. Three others have won: (Theodore) Roosevelt, Wilson & Obama”

@Benedictrogers added: “Give the Nobel Peace Prize to Maldives Mohamed Nasheed not Burma’s Thein Sein”

@Uianna said: “Speculations for Nobel Peace Prize started. 3 women were awarded in 2011, but in total there has only been 15 female laureates since 1901.”

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