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Julian Assange Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize as Calls for His Release Grow Louder

The Wikileaks founder who has spent more than 1,000 days in a British prison fighting extradition to the United States, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the third time
(Photo: Wikileaks/Twitter) 

By Anish R. M. / Peoples Dispatch

Journalist and Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, as the movement calling for his unconditional release and against his extradition to the United States grows louder. Assange was nominated by several individuals, including members of parliament and former peace prize winners, responding to calls from Assange’s partner Stella Moris.

On January 29, a nomination was filed by German politicians Martin Sonneborn, a member of the European Parliament (MEP), and Sevim Dağdelen, a member of the German Bundestag.

In their letter to the Nobel Committee, they explained that the nomination of Assange was “in honor of his unparalleled contributions to the pursuit of peace, and his immense personal sacrifices to promote peace for all.” They further highlighted that the work of Assange and Wikileaks has contributed to international mechanisms for truth and justice such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) which has the mission to “end impunity by prosecuting ‘the worst atrocities known to mankind’: war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide.”

In addition to Sonneborn and Dağdelen, nominations were also filed by Markéta Gregorová and Patrick Breyer, MEPs from the Pirate Party, Sabrina Pignedoli, an Italian MEP, and several others.

The submissions, as well as statements by his supporters worldwide, highlight Assange’s contribution to global peace through publications of classified documents by Wikileaks on war crimes, torture, and human rights violations by the United States and its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These nominations make Assange eligible for consideration for the shortlist for the prize that would be prepared between February and March. Calls for Assange to be considered for the Nobel Prize have been made several times for over the past decade.

The Nobel Committee does not make the complete list of nominees or the shortlist public, and only releases them 50 years after the nominations are made. In recent years, peace prize nominators have been publicly announcing their submissions and official confirmations, which brings increased public and media attention to the nominations process.

Before this year’s nominations, Assange is known to have been nominated at least twice. Once in 2011, when Norwegian parliamentarian Snorre Valen made a submission, and once in 2021, by Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, who submitted his name along with Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

In her submission Maguire had argued that the “Nobel Committee could protect and help save the lives of these three Champions of Peace by awarding them the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. By doing so the Committee would honor the will of Nobel, in acknowledging true heroes of Peace.”

Snorre Valen had argued in his submission that “Wikileaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture — sometimes even conducted by allies of Norway.”

As the US extradition attempt continues in UK courts and Assange remains detained without charge in a high security prison in Belmarsh, supporters have called out the Nobel Committee’s repeated “omission” of Assange and the whistleblowers of US war crimes.

While the Nobel Peace Prize has been criticized in the past for different forms of bias, the Nobel Committee’s oversight of Assange’s work was further highlighted last year, when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Philippines’ Maria Resa and Russia’s Dmitry Muratov, who received the award for their “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression” in 2021.

It is also notable that Assange’s nomination in all three instances received almost no coverage in the mainstream media, even as other prominent nominees for the prize have been listed in reports on known submissions.

Meanwhile, Assange is fighting a long-drawn legal battle, as he appeals against a British High Court verdict in December 2021 sanctioning his extradition to the US. If extradited Assange will face 18 charges of espionage and cybercrimes that together carry 175 years of maximum prison sentence.

16 comments

  1. Julian Assange, is if nothing more, a true Humanitarian, a searcher for the ultimate truths in a society which I firmly believe has been based upon lies after lies, and deception for a very long time. If the human race expects to advance to a civilization that values universal peace, compassion, equality for all and the end of all secrecy, no country should be permitted to engage in subterfuge, for any reason. Those days are gone. Truth will set all of us free, and that is exactly what the cabal in power does not want.

  2. And here I thought that the Nobel Peace Prize only went to Presidents who annihilate innocents by drone strike. Silly me.

      1. The truth sometimes hurts. The day they gave Obama the Peace Prize was the day myself and many others stopped thinking a Nobel Prize meant anything. Bet you twenty bucks they don’t give it to Julian Assange.

    1. I like your comment. Any idea if there is a petition for his release, and charges dropped that can be signed by supporters in the US?

  3. We can sign petitions, donate money and do a lot of things to support the likes of Julian Assange and his cause, and we can all help bring NIST to account!

    “ I don’t suppose or pretend to know who or how or why this thing was done. But I feel it must begin with one step. NIST, our National Institute of Standards and Technology, must be brought to account for lying to all of us.” – William Hurt

    https://www.ae911truth.org/news/791-it-took-me-a-long-time-to-face-what-i-knew-to-be-true-about-9-11

  4. Good News!
    Free Julian Assange Now!

    “Without a Free Press, there can be No Democracy”
    Thomas Jefferson

  5. Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden. Absolutely.
    No, the Nobel awarders are not brave, but the attention Assange gets may help to finally set him free.

    1. You’re damn right it will! Help set free Julian Assange, guilty for exposing war crimes, what a terrible atrocious dastardly crime.
      Stay Mad
      And
      Raise Hell!

  6. The bloody vicious USA’s war crimes needed bringing to the worlds attention. I watched that drone strike footage. The deliberate slaughter of innocent civilians including children made me sick to my stomach. YES. give Assange the peace prize, but above all, get him freed.

  7. Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize! His exposure of US war crimes along with that of Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden must be acknowledged in the face of the mainstream medias silence and that of governments who remain complicit in his continued imprisonment and persecution. Assange and others of his courage are our only hope against the brainwashing of our governments, media, and so called intelligence agencies who work in league with the military industrial complex. Free Julian Assange now and resist the purveyors of war, violence, and hate!

  8. Meanwhile Australia’s main political leaders, Scott Morrison & Anthony Albanese remain silent despite revelations a “Trustef Ally”, the USA plotted to assassinate an Australian Citizen. Their cowardly betrayal of my fellow Australian, Julian Assange, will be remembered as another shameful chapter in the history of my country.

  9. A big problem here is that propagandists who masquerade as journalists are saying nothing about this or, if they say anything, they go along with empire and its deep state and advocate for the persecution/prosecution of Assange. Tucker Carlson is the only major voice in establishment media that has advocated for Assange’s release (thanks to Jimmy Dore coming on his show and changing his mind, thanks Jimmy!). If the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC were screaming about this the way they screamed about the phony Russiagate BS, there might be enough pressure on the U.S. government to drop this.

  10. Want make the prize relevant again? Take it back from Obama, give it to Assange, and apologize to the world.

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