Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
In their letter, Socialist lawmakers Baard Vegard Solhjell and Snorre Valen say they do not necessarily condone all of Snowden's disclosures, but say his whistle-blowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world.
In another development, the top U.S. intelligence official has called on Snowden to return the secret documents he took from the NSA detailing broad U.S. electronic spying around the globe.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing on January 29 that Snowden's disclosures had caused "profound damage" by revealing U.S. surveillance methods to terrorists.
Snowden, who has received temporary asylum in Russia, faces U.S. espionage and theft charges.
Based on reporting by dpa, AP, and AFP