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A Swedish sociology professor has nominated NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, according to reports.

In his letter addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Stefan Svallfors praised Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost.”

Snowden Hero

He stated that by revealing U.S. surveillance programs, Snowden showed “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Citing the Nuremberg trials of 1945, Svallfors notes that "'I was just following orders’ is never an excuse for acts contrary to human rights and freedoms."

He also says Snowden “save the prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty, ill-conceived decision” to give the 2009 award to Barack Obama.

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Former President George W. Bush defended PRISM, the Internet spying program he helped enact, while taking whistleblower Edward Snowden to task.

"I put that program in place to protect the country. One of the certainties was that civil liberties were guaranteed," Bush told CNN in an interview airing Monday.

"I think there needs to be a balance, and as the president explained, there is."

PRISM began under the Bush administration but stayed secret until The Washington Post and The Guardian (UK) revealed its existence last month.

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While Edward Snowden sits in a Moscow airport, he's already the subject of a short film from a group of Hong Kong filmmakers.

Some might say they are jumping the gun a bit, buzzing in before the question has been finished, leaping without looking... but we can all agree they are the first in the Edward Snowden movie race.

Granted their movie is not very long, nor very good, but that's what happens when you make a movie out of ongoing news events. It was also filmed in just one week.

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Edward Snowden, the man who leaked details of U.S. government surveillance programs, is on the run in Moscow and seeking asylum in Ecuador.

A onetime contract analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), Snowden had been in Hong Kong, but left after the U.S. sought his extradition.

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He landed in Moscow, where a CNN crew spotted a car with diplomatic plates and an Ecuadorian flag at the Russian capital's international airport.

WikiLeaks, which facilitates the publication of classified information, is reportedly aiding the NSA whistleblower's efforts to seek asylum on foreign soil.

The group did not disclose what country would be Snowden's final destination.

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