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Manning Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on the 14 August 2013 by Jobsanger
Manning Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize (The image above is from the Facebook page Underground Health.)
You guys know what I think about the Bradley Manning case. I think he did the citizens of this country and the world a favor by exposing the wrongful actions of this government. And personally, I think he's already spent too much time in prison. I can understand the Army kicking him out (if that's what they want to do), since he's obviously not someone who will follow an order against his conscience. But sentencing him to a long prison sentence would only have a chilling effect on future whistleblowers (which is not good for an open democracy).
Now it looks like some people agree. Six world officials had already officially nominated Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize (and got it in before the February 1st deadline), but on Monday anti-war activist Norman Solomon delivered a petition to Nobel officials with over 100,000 signatures on it. The petition backed Manning getting the Peace Prize.
I don't know if Manning will get that prestigious award. After all, he embarrassed a lot of government officials -- and the U.S. government has long arms. I'd like to see it though. This would be a good way for the world to rebuke the United States, and make it clear that there are limits on behavior -- even for the most powerful nation in the world.

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