The candidacy of the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, for the Nobel Peace Prize would have been confirmed. The news was reported by journalist Steve Sweeney of the British newspaper ‘Morning Star’. The motivation presented by the German MEP, Martin Sonnenborn, in response to the appeal of the wife of the Australian journalist Stella Moris, is “for her fight for human rights, democracy and freedom of the press”.
The list of names closed on Monday 31 January, while the winner will be announced in October. Assange, who is still locked up in the London maximum security prison of Belmarsh, has offered – according to Moris – “a unique and undeniable contribution to peace, lifting the fog of war”.
It is not the first time that the proposal has been made to have the Australian journalist participate in the prestigious award, but this time “it was successfully presented” according to Sweeney.
In fact, in 2021, the Nobel Committee was stigmatized for “a sin of omission” because it did not include Assange as the “joint recipient of the Peace Prize awarded to journalists Maria Resa and Dmitry Muratov”.
The former chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee and former Norwegian prime minister, Thorberg Jagland, also made a statement yesterday, arguing that the award “must increase the pressure on the demand to free Assange and forgive Snowden”.
Assange could be sentenced to 175 years behind bars in the United States under the “Espionage Act” for his revelations of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last week the High Court gave him permission to appeal the extradition to the Supreme Court, which must accept the case before it can proceed.
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