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Published on February 4th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

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Private Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Free Bradley Manning

Although he remains locked away in a tiny prison cell, Private First Class Bradley Manning has just been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Manning is alleged to have released many documents to the international whistleblower site Wikileaks, including the horrific “Collateral Murder” video. The military footage depicts United States soldiers in a helicopter callously and gleefully killing a group of unarmed Iraqi civilians and Reuters journalists.

The 23 year-old U.S. Army soldier has been accused of leaking classified information, and Bradley Manning has been imprisoned since May of 2010 without yet being brought to trial.

Members of Iceland’s Movement of the Icelandic Parliament group explained that they were compelled to put forth Manning for the prize because it is vital to recognize how the courageous efforts this individual made have positively impacted the peace process in our world.

 

Here is the Icelandic group’s letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee:

We have the great honor of nominating Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings. These revelations have fueled democratic uprising around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia.

According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S.troops from the occupation in Iraq. 

Bradley Manning has been incarcerated for well over a year by the U.S. government without a trial. He spent over ten months of that time period in solitary confinement, conditions which experts worldwide have criticized as torturous. Juan Mendez, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, has repeatedly requested and been denied a private meeting with Manning to assess his conditions. 

The documents made public by WikiLeaks should never have been kept from public scrutiny. The revelations – including video documentation of an incident in which American soldiers gunned down Reuters journalists in Iraq – have helped to fuel a worldwide discussion about America’s overseas engagements, civilian casualties of war, imperialistic manipulations, and rules of engagement.

Citizens worldwide owe a great debt to the WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues, and so I urge the Committee to award this prestigious prize to accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.

Sincerely,

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Margrét Tryggvadóttir

Þór Saari

Members of the Icelandic Parliament for The Movement

 

 
 
Image is via Birgitta Jónsdóttir




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  • http://www.thepracticalliberal.com Bob McDermand

    Absolutely! Mr Manning should be given a parade down Broadway in New York as a hero.
    He has done more to discredit the empire than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg.

    • James Gragg

      Funny, now there is something that Pvt. Manning has in comon with his “Comander & Cheif”; The Nobel Peace prize! All the world will know the diffrence; One was EARNED! The other was a “bought & paid for political stunt!”

      I “marched” for Manning in Ft. Leavenworth last fall. Any of you that was there, would know, I was the ONLY disabeled Vet there being pushed in a wheel chair.

      • Mark Stolzoff

        If You marched on behalf of manning you aren’t a veteran. That guy was a horrible excuse for a soldier & an American BEFORE HE Ever gave any classified documents to anyone. He had previously assaulted other soldiers during temper tantrums, and started crying because he was yelled for being late. These are all facts , and stipulated to by his own attorneys.

        • Patrick McCann

          I am a veteran, and I marched (along with many veterans) at his hearing at Fort Meade, MD. Bradley is truly a hero for releasing these documents (assuming that he did so). Crying or having temper tantrums doesn’t take away from his contribution to world peace. Oh, why does the U.S. have to bomb and kill the people of the world in order to subjugate them?

        • Carrie Anne Johnson

          Wait, what? He was a horrible excuse for a soldier? GREAT! Then he was still a HUMAN BEING, replete with emotions and common sense. His ability to show empathy for other humans, to the point that he risked his own freedom, makes him a HERO in my world!

          • mark stolzoff

            By his own words, he Did it because He wanted to get back at the army. His MOS Was Military Intelligence, so he could also have reviewed the documents and only released those pertinent to illegal activity, but he didn’t do that. and his actions got people killed. So he’s a traitor and a murderer.

          • Robert Navan

            I think it’s interesting to look at tha scale of civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq. If the US suffered 9.11 one hundred times the figure would still be below the numbers in these two countries. One of the repeated defences by Nazis after the war was that they were only soldiers and obeying order.This seems to be the main plank of the arguments put forward by those who are against this nomination. Again I repeat at what stage in a wholesale slaughter should somebody blow the whistle?”

      • CathyF

        Totally agree!! Right on.

        • CathyF

          That is to Mr. Manning being nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.

  • http://www.thepracticalliberal.com Bob McDermand

    Absolutely!
    Second the nomination. Mr Manning has done more than anyone else to expose the sins of our empire. A hero indeed

  • Debra Cummings

    Bravo. This young man is a hero. He should be free and by all means this prestigious honour should be bestowed upon him. His incarceration is a crime against humanity and pressure should be put upon those in power to release this young man of principle. Thank you.

  • http://www.parkavenuegazette.com Col JA Brown (retired)

    I consider this young man to be of high moral calibre and feel he should be released and compensated without lengthlt legal incumbetances. Get the ruddy freemason generals off his back!

  • Melody

    Bradley Manning has inspired millions to think about how our world politics works and what we can do to make it a better place for everyone. His influence has snow balled into a worldwide revolution and his impact cannot be underestimated. If this is what one man can do think about what we can all do together! Bravo Bradley, I hope you win the noble peace prize.

  • Henk van der WIjk

    People like Manning and Assange, who bring themselves into trouble by revealing the crimes, lies, frauds and abuses committed by government officials, deserve our full respect, support and gratitude.

  • Penny

    The world needs the whistle blowers right now. We can’t pretend everything is alright anymore. THank you Mr Bradley Manning, thank you for doing the right thing even though I am sure they are doing everything they can to make you regret it.

  • Anton

    That whole institute lost all credibility when they gave the price to war-lord Obama…..

    • Roger

      Anton you must thinking of War Lord George W. Bush. It was Bush lied his way into Iraq. And blew the other war. NOW who is the war lord you moron.

      • Zell

        They’re BOTH war criminals, Roger. I have no problem with what you’re saying about Bush, but Obama is ultimately behind the drone strikes that are killing hundreds of civilians, and American citizens, far from any battlefield. Glenn Greenwald recently wrote a damning piece for Salon that documents how American drone strikes are targeting not only non-combattants, but also the funerals of previous victims, and whatever civilians, children included, happen to be attending. This is a war crime, and I agree that Obama should have his prize rescinded (if such a thing is possible).

    • Marcos

      It hasn’t been credible for a long time – even Kissenger has it! Manning might just bring a bit of prestige to it.

  • Kevin

    It’s a shame the US doesn’t hang traitors.

  • Jeff Tyler

    Absolutely! I myself would have suggested DR. Ron Paul for exposing voter fraud in the U.S.A however this man has been through more than anyone and exposed alot of information we otherwise would never know! We no longer have any power in our government and we need every whistleblower we can get! FREE BRADLEY

  • http://lennartmogren.bloggsida.se/ Lennart Mogren

    Excellent and insightful nomination by the Icelanders! For which I am grateful.
    This is a chance for redeeming the scandalous choices previously made by the Nobel Peace Prize Comittee in Norway.

  • John Donaldson

    How do you go from leaked documents that pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings TO revelations that have fueled democratic uprising around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia.
    HOW do you connect these dots? Please explain! I just don’t get it.

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8964543/Bradley-Manning-attacked-female-soldier-and-sent-picture-of-himself-as-a-woman.html Mark Stolzoff

    The guy should Shot, He Took an Oath and broke it, bottom line

    • James S

      After his trial that is, but he will most definitely get his punishment. Even if he does receive this price for some idiotic reason, he will never be know. And he will be executed before the little bitch has time to brag about it.

      • James S

        Prize*
        know about it*

        • Melody

          So just because he is in the army he is supposed to help cover up the lies and corruption?
          “Solemnly, freely, and without mental reservation, I hereby renounce under oath all allegiance to any foreign state. My fidelity and allegiance from this day forward is to the United States of America. I pledge to support, honor, and be loyal to the United States, its Constitution, and its laws. Where and if lawfully required, I further commit myself to defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, either by military, noncombatant, or civilian service. This I do solemnly swear, so help me God.”
          Where in this oath does it say that he is supposed to support the current or previous governments in continuing to deceive Americans and the world?

          • Huston

            “Just because he is in the Army”? Nope.

            In order to be granted access to the material in question, he had to VOLUNTARILY go through an extended process, part fo which was him agreeing that he understood the consequences he would face for releasing any information without being granted authority to do so.

            If you wish to call him a hero, you have the right to do so. Part of what he did, however, was to explicitly violate an agreement that he entered into of his own free will, one that identified to him that if he chose to violate the agreement, he could expect fines, incarceration, and potentially even death as a direct consequence of his choice.

            As soon as Manning decided to release Classified information, he had begun to engage in criminal activity. He publicly admitted that he released Classified information. This means that his guilt is not in question. He voluntarily confessed publicly. The only remaining questions relate to what level of punishment will be levied against him.

            I don’t thnk enough of Manning to believe he took his actions expecting to receive the punishments he was briefed about before he was granted access to Classified material. I think he’s a far more typical young man whose behavior suggests he doesn’t believe that actions have consequences. Learning otherwise is not going to help him, though, because he really went big.

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  • Anonymous

    WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK?
    « The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings. »

    I’m not an american, yet I find this statement retarded and incredibly one-sided. Besides, what Manning published wasn’t the diplomatic letters that contributed to the Arab Spring. He published military reports, including personal information of many anti-taliban elements in Afghanistan, or anti-Jihadi partners in Irak, which got many killed.

    This man is nothing but a traitor, and he has NOTHING to do with the freedom fighters in Tunisia or Egypt.

  • Ju Bastar

    all the people who wrote hero in the description of Bradley Manning misspelled traitor.

    • http://civicguards.blogspot.com/ The Civic Guards

      You can say that again.

  • isaac

    awesome!

  • http://civicguards.blogspot.com/ The Civic Guards

    Bradley Manning is not a hero. He is not a political prisoner. There is no reason to believe he is being treated any differently than other maximum-security prisoners under UCMJ. As a US Army Intelligence Analyst, Manning is charged with- among other things -disclosing classified material to an unauthorized source, the illegal transmission of defense information, and aiding the enemy. This is not the “Pentagon Papers.” When one reads the WikiLeaks cables, it’s clear much of this information can place American lives and the lives of allies in danger, and probably already has. The alleged “mistreatment” of Manning is not in any way compelling. Some in the media and on the fringe-Left have fallen for Manning’s defense strategy: to distract attention away from the damning charges against him by creating a “cause-celebre,” raising over $100,000 for his defense thus far. Bradley Manning is not a hero, he is a disgrace to the uniform and a traitor.

    As an unrepentant American liberal and as an Iraq War veteran, I’ve become disheartened at times by some on the Left (and others) who do not seem to adequately acknowledge the nature of the wars we have been engaged in for 10 years. Like most liberals, I vehemently opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the numerous other acts by the Bush Administration- both domestically and overseas -that set this country back at least a decade. The reactions by some Americans when they are infrequently reminded of the fact that the country is indeed at war can be baffling. One example would be the allegations of “Murder” after WikiLeaks released video footage (provided by Manning) of an Apache helicopter airstrike in Baghdad in July 2007 that resulted in the deaths of several Iraqi civilians, including women and children. The video itself actually proves the pilot and gunner were genuinely under the impression that the Iraqis on the ground were hostile and thus they were within the rules of engagement. Some Americans responded to this combat footage by inaccurately claiming that an unfortunate case of mistaken identity and civilian death was the deliberate targeting of non-combatants and a war crime. The attack was not a war crime, it is the horrible reality of the wars we fight and of all wars: that civilians die as a consequence of combat. It is reactions like this, when the general public becomes indignant at the occasional visual exposure to the horrible reality U.S. soldiers face regularly, that can be very frustrating.

    - Mike Philbin
    The Civic Guards
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  • Robert Navan

    How can we support this? I feel this man would attract millions of signatures worldwide, if the campaign for his nomination put out a petition.

  • Matt(B4)

    The man is a traitor. Should be hanged like a traitor. He endangered the lives of the source’s who’s names he released that have worked with Coalition Forces. This along is a reprehensible offense. A betrayer is humanities LOWEST form

    Some of you need to see the bigger picture and break out of your “Its all America’s fault” prision’s. Sadly, I bet that is a jail you would willingly stay a part of. “Long history of corruption” my ass. Some of you need to spend a little time looking elsewhere. I will never understand the leftist assertion that every other government is just peachy and does everything for the good of its people. If you beleive that, your an idiot and should be wiped from the genepool just like Mr. Manning.

    TRAVEL TO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! Actually see how shit goes down in those places, then preach the evils of the USA and countries like it. You will be surprised how much evil is brought on by ones OWN people and not the directly from outside influence.

    • http://Cultofbaltar.org Gaius

      You are so correct. These self-righteous hipsters are the first to embrace a traitor like Manning and several have even indicated support for endangering the lives of Afghan informants (I’m talking to you, Bob McDermand). They know nothing of war, nothing of Iraq, nothing of Afghanistan, nothing of the true destitution people face in such times and places. They know nothing beyond their disdain for those who have experienced the harsh realities of the world. It’s actually not surprising they defend someone like Manning, because they see their own awful shortcomings in him. Regret for his own decisions and a refusal to balance what he wants with what is feasible all crashed into a very public melt-down. There are so many people on this page with such a nice, pretty little view of the world we live in; it’s this same delusional thinking that makes someone like Manning honestly believe himself when he claims he’s a victim. It doesn’t matter, for example, if one thinks (or “feels” or “wishes”) exposing the names of Afghan and Iraqi civilians helping the US military is some sort of act of civil disobedience because, factually, it isn’t. It’s treason, in the real world
      .

  • team america

    Yes, lets honor a this d-bag for being a weak human being attempting to sell information for personal gain. Oh, wait he was doing it to expose the truth….. right. Hope he is having fun crying and pissing himself to sleep. Political prisoner my ass. I would like to start a petition demanding he be sentenced to life in prison.

    • Melody

      There is no way he could SELL this information to Wikileaks as it was an anonymous submission!!!!

  • Steve

    He will be released!! In about 150 years:)

  • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

    Rhonda, I swear to you that when I read this headline, I said the words, “Fuck yeah!” Out loud. To an empty room.

    • http://community.importantmedia.org/rhondawinter/ Rhonda Winter

      I had the exact same reaction.

  • Robert Navan

    One of the lines running through the arguments against what Bradley Manning did, is that he is a traitor for revealing army secrets. At what stage of evil should a person decide that he/she has a duty to try to stop it? One of the contributors mentions that he had served in Iraq but what for? In the 50 or so years that I’ve been following world events the US has been involved in places such as ;- Chile,Nicaragua,ElSalvador,Venezuela,Vietnam,Cambodia,Libya,Iraq,Haiti,Afghanistan and Cuba. This is not even a definite list but I think it goes without saying that none of these places were improved by the US campaigns. In fact, most of them suffered huge damage, many bombed back into the Dark Ages and hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost and I ask what for? In the meantime the US has millions of it’s own citizens living below the poverty line. I think more whistle blowers are needed.

    • http://www.thepracticalliberal.com Bob McDermand

      Absolutly!
      If you want to read more about the military mindset and the Kennedy assasination
      Read James R Douglass’s book JKF and the unspeakable. Good insight on the inteligence/military’s community’s involvement with the conspiracy. I find it fascinating that the military is worried about crucifying this kid and not worried about the war crimes he unearthed.

    • http://civicguards.blogspot.com/ The Civic Guards

      Your argument is fundamentally punctured by virtue of what Manning actually did. The information within the WikiLeaks cables provided by Manning were a vast cache of diplomatic and intelligence cables. This information ranged between the assessment of foreign governments by US foreign service officers to the FULL NAMES of Afghan informants and intelligence sources aiding US and NATO forces in the region. I will not attempt to to troll into an argument over the justice of US actions, we are talking about Bradley Manning. First, Manning deliberately leaked this information to a third party and in so doing exposed the informants and intelligence sources within Afghanistan. There is little doubt that this act will place (and may have already placed) lives in danger, both Afghan, American, and our allies in NATO. Secondly, the flaw of your defense for PVT Manning boils down to the nature of what he is: an enlisted soldier in the United States Army. Manning, like all other soldiers, swore an oath to the Constitution and made the choice to wear the uniform of this country. For whatever reason, his actions blatantly betrayed that oath and this country. I mentioned in my previous post that this is not the Pentagon Papers, and for good reason. Daniel Ellsberg was a civilian contractor for DoD and not a uniformed soldier. More importantly, the Pentagon Papers proved the government was lying to the public about VietNam, most directly in the Gulf of Tonken incident. The WikiLeaks cables do not demonstrate a systemic lie from the US government, it shows the government has been doing its job. Foreign service operators gathering intelligence and utilizing Afghan informants are the expected actions of a country at war and nearly all of this was reported on in varying degrees by the press prior to the WikiLeaks cables. The only “dark” info released was the names of the Afghan informants, which Manning provided. If you are motivated, like Julian Assange, to bring down the United States by any means, then congratulations- Manning should be your hero, because he harmed this country in a direct manner. But don’t cry foul when you lose a battle against this Republic, as Manning did. He made 2 choices- first to join the US Army and second to betray it. Getting caught was not his choice, but he will bear the consequences of his treason and earn the punishment as an enemy of the United States.

      • http://www.thepracticalliberal.com Bob McDermand

        What is the greater sin exposing a few paid collaborators or staying silent while thousands of innocents are liquidated? To me the choice could not be clearer.

        • http://Cultofbaltar.org Gaius

          I’m not sure if you’re aware of what you are advocating. You are supporting the exposure of Afghans and Iraqis who have helped the US military; you applaud placing their lives- and the lives of American soldiers -in even greater danger. For that, you are a terrible human being and the literal definition of a traitor. If you have taken this path, then don’t whine when you lose; don’t cry when your fellow-travelers like Manning are caught being traitors and are punished for it. Again, what you have just advocated is revealing Afghans and Iraqis that help the US military.

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