"It is not, and should never be, the priviledge (sic) of politicians to
regulate which crimes the public should never be told about, and through
which media those crimes become known.
Liu Xiabao was awarded
the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his struggle for human rights,
democracy and freedom of speech in China. Likewise: Wikileaks have
contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing
(among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture – some
times even conducted by allies of Norway. And most recently: By
disclosing the economic arrangements by the presidential family in
Tunisia, Wikileaks have made a small contribution to bringing down a
, a member of Norway's Parliament on why he nominated WikiLeaks for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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