Numerous high profile supporters of Bradley Manning have banded together and are pushing for the young soldier to be given the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
The group that have nominated Manning include the entire parliamentary group of The Movement in Icelandic Parliament, the Pirates of the EU, representatives from the Swedish Pirate Party and the former Tunisian Secretary of State for Sport and Youth.
They sent a letter to the Nobel committee explaining why Manning should be awarded the prestigious accolade stating that his individual efforts for peace in our world were worthy of recognition. Referring to his lengthy pre-trial personal statement, the group said that “his own words validate that his motives were for the greater good of humankind.”
The letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee states;
“Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. 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.”
They argue that the information that Manning allegedly revealed spurred on democratic uprisings in various locations around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia and played an important role in the Arab Spring movement. They said that these revelations exposed the secret corporate influence on the foreign and domestic policy of many European nations and are one of the reasons that the Obama Administration has agreed to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq.
They point out that Manning has been in the U.S. government’s custody for more than 1000 days, much of which has been spent in solitary confinement and argue that many experts would consider his treatment was torturous. They also add that Juan Mendez, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment has been repeatedly refused a meeting with Manning despite several requests to assess his conditions.
The letter states that the documents released by WikiLeaks should not have been kept from the public and that they have “helped to fuel a worldwide discussion about the overseas engagements of the United States, civilian casualties of war and rules of engagement.” They said that citizens all over the world owe WikiLeaks a great debt for making this information public and urge the committee to give Manning the prestigious award.
It was signed by Birgitta Jónsdóttir – Member of Parliament for the Movement, Iceland, Christian Engström – Member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party, Sweden, Amelia Andersdottir – Member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party, Sweden, Margrét Tryggvadóttir – Member of Parliament for the Movement, Iceland, Þór Saari – Member of Parliament for the Movement, Iceland and Slim Amamou – former Secretary of State for Sport & Youth (2011), Tunisia.