Bradley Manning nominated for Nobel Peace Prize | The Jackal

10 Feb 2012

Bradley Manning nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Yesterday, CityBeat reported:

Some U.S. progressives are supporting a move by Icelandic politicians to nominate alleged WikiLeaks collaborator Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Manning was nominated for the prestigious prize by The Movement of Icelandic Parliament, a group of politicians in Iceland dedicated to empowering grassroots activism.

In its letter nominating Manning, the group wrote, “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.”

There are far too many people willing to blindly follow orders and allow atrocities to be committed without question... but thankfully there are also people like Bradley Manning.

Bradley Manning has changed the world by leaking documents that show the United States trying to cover up crimes against humanity. In highlighting these crimes, Bradley Manning has swayed public opinion against the so-called wars on terror that have claimed millions of innocent lives.

Instead of labelling Bradley Manning a criminal, he should be thought of as a hero that stood up against tyranny and injustice. The flow on effects of his justified actions have undoubtedly saved countless lives.