Nobel Leak Suspected

A large number of bets on this year’s Nobel prize winner is causing the award jury to suspect a leak in the selection committee. Each year, the Swedish Academy’s pick is infamously hard to guess, but Ladbrokes, an onling gambling website, received such an astounding number of bets on the French writer that betting was actually stopped on Wednesday, when the odds on him fell from 15-1 to below 2-1. A week before, bets had centered mainly on Amos Oz (Israel), Claudio Magris (Italy), and Ali Ahmed Said Asbar, a.k.a. Adonis (Syria).

The permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Horace Engdahl, says he has a “strong suspicion that there has been a leak at this time,” but refuses to say more.

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