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Excerpt: "A pacifist group has submitted a petition signed by 100,000 people online in support of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who was convicted of espionage for disclosing classified war information to WikiLeaks."

Excerpt:
Excerpt: "A pacifist group has submitted a petition signed by 100,000 people online in support of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who was convicted of espionage for disclosing classified war information to WikiLeaks."


Petition Backs Pfc. Manning for Nobel Peace Prize

By USA Today

13 August 13

 

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pacifist group has submitted a petition signed by 100,000 people online in support of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who was convicted of espionage for disclosing classified war information to WikiLeaks.

Nobel Prize Committee officials acknowledged receiving the petition from RootsAction, which opposed the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and is a critic of the anti-terror polices of President Obama. The group opposes the use of drone strikes, and the attempt to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

The peace prize is awarded annually to an individual who has worked for "fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

Petitions have no bearing on the selection of a recipient for the $1 million prize, though they are often submitted on behalf of a candidate, according to the Nobel prize committee.

Manning, an Army private first class who who faces up to 90 years in prison, was nominated by Mairead Maguire, who won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize along with Betty Williams for trying to resolve hostilities between the Irish Republican Army and the British government. Bradley Manning

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning(Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images)

Maguire is an anti-war activist and has championed the cause of the Palestinians, having taken part in an attempt to bust a naval blockade that Israel imposes against the designated terrorist group Hamas to prevent weapons from entering Gaza.

In her nomination of Manning, Maguire said his leaks of classified information helped end the war in Iraq by hastening foreign troop withdrawals and also helped prevent further U.S. intervention in the Middle East.

Monday's petition was given to the Nobel committee by Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction, who told Reuters that giving the prize to Manning would help repair the Nobel panel's reputation following its choice of Obama for the 2009 peace prize.

"There's a cloud hanging over the Nobel Peace Committee," Solomon said.

"In a sense, the Nobel Peace Prize at this point needs Bradley Manning more than Bradley Manning needs the Nobel Peace Prize," he said. "There has now grown a question about the Nobel committee's commitment to human rights and peace in an even-handed, independent way."

Manning, 25, was convicted earlier this month of espionage and theft for releasing more than 700,000 battlefield videos, diplomatic cables and other secret documents to the website WikiLeaks, whose founder Julian Assange is holed up in the Ecuador Embassy in London to avoid a court-ordered extradition to Sweden on suspicion of rape.

A representative of the Nobel committee said the petition would not influence its decision.

"The Nobel Peace Prize is not a popularity contest and a large number of signatures will neither help nor hinder (Manning's) candidacy," said Asle Toje, the Norwegian Nobel Committee's research director.

The winner of the 2013 Peace Prize will be announced Oct. 11. Among the 259 people and groups nominated are Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Burmese President Thein Sein.

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+31 # MidwesTom 2013-08-13 10:39
Where do we sign this. He has done more to promote peace than many of the former winners.
 
 
+13 # Joe Bob 2013-08-13 13:25
Yeah, Like Obama who received it for absolutely nothing
 
 
+20 # soularddave 2013-08-13 11:00
Name recognition should count for something. Also, the scope and number of lives saved or protected, and the strength of the main adversary (s).

Not to denigrate or belittle ANY of the nominations, I have to stay with Manning as the candidate this time.
 
 
+5 # indian weaver 2013-08-13 11:40
The Nobel Prize Committee sucks. They apparently have sold out to the amerikan war machine due to greed, ignorance, idiocy, arrogance or what? How could they have awarded the highest international peace prize to Obama the war criminal who has been committing atrocities and crimes against humanity at home and abroad the moment he stuck his slimy foot into the Black House. Like I said, this Nobel Committee needs to disband and start over with actual humans instead of assholes.
 
 
+21 # Sweet Pea 2013-08-13 11:41
It makes you wonder if waste and corruption in the military complex has gotten totally out of control. Are we fighting and killing to continue to build the wealth for the pockets of the rich and powerful?
 
 
+9 # indian weaver 2013-08-13 14:13
Obviously we are fighting and killing to make the war machine murderers wealthier. That is the very point of the government's rogue out of control aggression internationally , and now domestically. War made up is war for money for the war machine. Nothing else, it's all about how much money you can make while producing weapons of mass destruction ad infinitum. That is why in the FTRA (Fascist Terrorist Regime of Amerika, Ink.) the wars will now go on forever - so much money in it, the addiction is unbreakable until death.
 
 
+6 # indian weaver 2013-08-13 14:14
I wrote directly to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to tell them what I think of them. You can too. It takes more time and is more effective than typing useless words here.
 
 
0 # jwb110 2013-08-14 11:51
Quoting indian weaver:
I wrote directly to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to tell them what I think of them. You can too. It takes more time and is more effective than typing useless words here.


When the RootsAction petition was designed there were spaces for personal comments regarding the Prize. These names are not just a signature.
 
 
+14 # tomo 2013-08-13 13:02
Malala Yusufzai would be the safe choice. Who in the world can deny her courage or fail to applaud her comeback--her comeback to health and remarkable protest? If, however, the Committee is looking for a game-changer--a statement that will rock the world into a new sense of opportunity --it ought to be Manning.
 
 
+2 # fredboy 2013-08-13 18:09
Please let us know how to sign this petition. Please.
 
 
+1 # rockieball 2013-08-14 09:36
Just Google --Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize Petition--- Their are several sites each with a petition to sign. Pick one and sign it. But sign no more than one.
 
 
0 # punch 2013-08-14 19:20
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