Julian Assange, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, should be nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. By enabling whistleblowers to pass on material through a secure site, WikiLeaks has exposed unjust, illegal practices and atrocities committed by governments and corporations. Through WikiLeaks, Julian Assange has shared with the world the hidden side of international diplomacy and corporate activities; this information has enriched the historical record of nearly every country around the globe. History has traditionally belonged to the conquerors, but the cable releases and other materials have helped empower those who have little control over their destinies, and those who find their beliefs and financial power being used for unworthy purposes. The empowerment of ordinary people is, I believe, the greatest achievement of Mr Assange’s work and makes him most deserving of this prestigious prize.
C. A. McNelis
New York City, USA