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Mon Sep 22 02:13:04 SAST 2014

Manning among record number Nobel Peace Prize nominees

Jan Bornman | 05 March, 2013 10:56
A supporter of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.
Image by: JOSE LUIS MAGANA / REUTERS

A record number of Nobel Peace Prize nominations were received this year, which saw US soldier and Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning being nominated for a third time.

Private First Class Bradley Manning has spent more than 1 000 days behind bars after being arrested in 2010 on suspicion of leaking classified documents to whistleblower website WikiLeaks. He is seen as a freedom of information hero among certain groups, and an enemy by the US government and army.

Manning was nominated by Birgitta Jónsdóttir and Þór Saari who are Members of Parliament for the Movement in Iceland, Christian Engström and Amelia Andersdottir who are members of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party in Sweden, and Slim Amamou, a former Tunisian State Secretary of Sport and Youth.

In their letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Reykjavík, Iceland, Birgitta Jónsdóttir said after Manning leaked documents to WikiLeaks, the world saw democratic uprisings in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

”The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and a lack of respect for the sovereignty of other democratic nations by the United States government in international dealings,” said Jónsdóttir in the letter posted on the Global Research website.

Most recently Manning’s leaking of classified documents led to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all US troops from the occupation in Iraq, and Jónsdóttir felt this was reason to nominate Manning for the Peace Prize.

Other nominations in no particular order include the Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, former US president Bill Clinton, Myanmar's reformist President Thein Sein, Coptic Christian Maggie Gobran - dubbed Egypt's 'Mother Teresa' for her work to help the poor in Cairo's slums - and Denis Mukwege, a pioneering doctor who founded a clinic for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Nobel Institute keeps the names of the nominees secret for 50 years after being nominated.

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