Liu Xiaobo

Nobel official's behind-scenes book overshadows peace prize

A book detailing the secret tussles behind some of the most controversial Nobel Peace Prizes in the last quarter century is having its own disruptive effect on the 2015 award.

With the announcement just a week away, a row is intensifying between the five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee and Geir Lundestad, the former secretary they accuse of breaching the panel's code of silence.

Lundestad, the committee's senior bureaucrat for 25 years, admits his book "The Peace Secretary" skirts the line between statutes that demand 50 years of secrecy and his own "duty as a history professor" to be as open as possible.

The committee says his duty is misplaced....