Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nobel Peace Prize for Bradley Manning? 100,000 people say yes

US rights group RootsAction co-founder Norman Solomon (centre) delivers boxes of over 100,000 signatures urging the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to Bradley Manning.

US rights group RootsAction co-founder Norman Solomon (centre) delivers boxes of over 100,000 signatures urging the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to Bradley Manning. Photo: Reuters

Oslo, Norway: Nobel Prize committee officials say they have received a petition claiming some 100,000 signatures that endorses awarding the peace prize to US soldier Bradley Manning, who faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks.

Peace laureate Mairead Maguire nominated Army private Manning for the prize in June, saying his leaks had helped end the war in Iraq by hastening foreign troop withdrawals and dissuading further American intervention in the Middle East.

U.S. anti-war activist Norman Solomon gave the petition on Monday to Nobel committee member Asle Toje, who said the annually awarded $US1 million Nobel Prizes are "not a popularity contest" and the petition would neither weaken nor strengthen Private Manning's nomination.

The last jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner was Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010.

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