WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, pictured above holding an Australian peace award he received in May of this year.
The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 were recently announced, and there were a few surprises in the bunch.
241 candidates, have been nominated for this year’s award, which, in addition to Arab Spring superstars such as Wael Ghonim, Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, and Egyptian Israa Abdel Fattah, includes Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. You’ll also remember him as having been extradited to Sweden for sexual assault allegations.
Recent winners of the award include President Barack Obama and Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.
Which brings me to this week’s Wednesday Weigh-In:
What do you think about Assange being nominated for the peace prize? Is it a slap in the face to opponents of rape and assault? Or a well-deserved nod to his role in helping to spur the Arab Spring, among other things, through information sharing?