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Wikileaks Soldier Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Gay Wikileaks Private Bradley Manning is among one of 231 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, the AP reports:

ManningThe secretive committee doesn't reveal who has been nominated, but those with nomination rights sometimes announce their picks. They include Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private charged with the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Norwegian Nobel Committee secretary Geir Lundestad told the AP on Monday that "The list of nominees is a mixture of repeated nominations and some new names."

Other names known to be on the list: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouk, Bill Clinton, and Helmut Kohl.

Last week, Manning deferred his plea at an arraignment.

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  1. By law, among others, any university rector or professor of social sciences, history, philosophy, or law and theology can make a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. So it's not like the nominators are an exclusive club, or that nomination per se means much.

    Posted by: Vint | Feb 27, 2012 11:01:30 AM

  2. Big deal. Rush Limbaugh got himself nominated also.

    Posted by: Drake | Feb 27, 2012 11:01:40 AM

  3. Yeah. Good luck with that.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 27, 2012 11:09:27 AM

  4. Bradley Manning has spoken about identifying as a transgendered woman, not a gay man, I think Towleroad has even reported on this before. Let's get the pronouns right!

    Posted by: Tobie | Feb 27, 2012 11:13:53 AM

  5. As pointed out above, nominations for the Peace Prize are not any kind of special honor. Then again, neither is winning - they gave one to Yasser Arafat, after all.

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 27, 2012 11:26:39 AM

  6. In your face U.S. A.

    They know this man is a whistle blower, that he did not give comfort to the enemy, or endanger the lives of ground forces. They can thank Bush administration officials for that when they blew Valerie Plame's cover. They can thank WAll Street for crippling this country, making her vulnerable to outside influences, murdering marines and soldiers.

    And it is a big deal to get nominated. I am fairly certain that no one on this site has been nominated. It gets his name before the world, and it shows the world what kind of country we are, the kind of military we have.

    Posted by: Ricco | Feb 27, 2012 11:31:52 AM

  7. I feel like he should win because it might actually make a difference as in they won't be able to just keep him in jail for the rest of his life, which is ghastly. Right? To spend the rest of your life in prison?

    Posted by: GGGGB | Feb 27, 2012 11:41:39 AM

  8. If Barack Obama can win one for being in office for ten minutes, I suppose Bradley Manning can join the ranks of those nominated (along with imprisoned former Illinois Governor George Ryan).

    Perhaps this will be some consolation to him as he justly rots in prison for betraying the country that he voluntarily joined up to serve.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Feb 27, 2012 11:52:13 AM

  9. Being nominated for the Peace Prize is almost meaningless. Unlike the rest of the Nobel Prizes, lots of people can submit nominations. To quote the Nobel web site ( "members of national assemblies, governments, and international courts of law; university chancellors, professors of social science, history, philosophy, law and theology; leaders of peace research institutes and institutes of foreign affairs; previous Nobel Peace Prize Laureates; board members of organizations that have received the Nobel Peace Prize; present and past members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; and former advisers of the Norwegian Nobel Institute."

    That's a pretty broad list. Just in the US, that includes any member of Congress, from John Boehner to Barney Frank. There have been lots of.... questionable nominees. As someone pointed out, Rush Limbaugh was nominated. Stalin was nominated. Hitler was too, although it was sarcasm on the part of the nominator. (

    Winning the Nobel Prize is quite an honor; being nominated isn't quite on the level of meaningless awards as, say, "Most Improved" at summer camp, but it's not a big deal.

    Posted by: Arthur Adams | Feb 27, 2012 12:05:42 PM

  10. In the latest polls of the Republican Presidential candidates, Rick Santorum is leading! And he has a lot of supporters who think he'd be just dandy as the next President.

    (Are you seeing the parallel here?)

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 27, 2012 12:33:12 PM

  11. 231 total nominations? At least they are thorough.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 27, 2012 12:47:35 PM

  12. Ricco, THANK YOU.

    I've been saying the exact same damned thing for ages - the Plame thing, specifically.

    everyone freaking out about "how what Manning did 'put us in danger'" has clearly not read about, or into, anything related to Manning, and has a Fox News level of understanding of the incident.

    and a nice oh-piss-off to you angry gay racist republicans who still get upset about the progressive liberal black man running your country who already treats you with more respect and grace than your own white conservative parents ever have, and ever will.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 12:54:47 PM

  13. Here's hoping the guy wins the Nobel Peace Prize. That would certainly drive the GOP NUTS!

    Posted by: OS2guy | Feb 27, 2012 1:19:44 PM

  14. Dafuq?

    Posted by: Q | Feb 28, 2012 1:51:04 AM

  15. Okay, I have mixed feelings about Manning. I fully support whistle blowing and transparency in government and so on, but from what I understand, it sounds like Manning did it because he was being bullied, was upset with where he was, so on so forth. He doesn't sound like a very mature person at all. Had he leaked this information because he thought it needed to be leaked, so people could understand the things that are going on, to better the world, or whatever, that would be a different story. It sounds to me he just did it because he was pissed off.

    Posted by: Matthew | Mar 5, 2012 11:03:12 PM

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