Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel
Suspected WikiLeaker among 231 peace prize nominees
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2012 11:50 PM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2012 3:01 AM CST
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, second from left, sits with one of his military defense attorneys before Army Judge Denise Lind in a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., last week.   (AP Photo/Sgt. Shawn P. Sales)

(Newser) – Suspected WikiLeaker Army Private Bradley Manning has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. He joins a list of 231 nominees—people like Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina. Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl are also believed to be on the list. The nomination of Manning, who has been charged with the largest leak of classified information in US history, is no indication of his chances of winning. Nominees "are from all over the world, very many well-known names, and some that are not so well-known to the public," the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee tells AP.

Names on the list are generally kept secret, but those with nominating rights—including university professors and legislators—can choose to reveal their picks. The final decision is up to a five-member panel chosen by Norway's parliament. Critics have charged that the committee has drifted from its purpose by considering those whose efforts help protect the environment and promote human rights. A committee is investigating whether the peace committee is being true to its aim. Last year's prize was shared by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian women's rights campaigner Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

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Feb 29, 2012 1:09 AM CST
Of course we'll be told how he "Put American lives at risk" ( as if Bush didn't do that by invading Iraq dishonestly) but the fact remains that no American lives were lost & the world was finally able to see how the US operates when occupying a foreign land. How many lives that saved is what ultimately he is nominated for. As someone already stated, what's right & what's legal are two different things, especially in the US right now.
Feb 28, 2012 6:01 PM CST
Great! I think he deserves the Nobel. He has been put through hell, but will be recognized one day as the true hero that he is. Thank you, Bradley.
Feb 28, 2012 11:18 AM CST
I would like to see Mr. Manning get into politics, I believe he would shake thing up just a bit and not sweep every thing under the rug like they do now.