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Bradley Manning and Julian Assange Both Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

This is a great development and no doubt it will make the collective right-wing’s head explode.

The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 recognize a number of activists, among them Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Wael Ghonim, Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, and Egyptian Israa Abdel Fattah together with the April 6 Youth Movement.

Thus the Arab Spring, as it has been termed, is well-represented in the Nobel Peace Prize nominees this year, and with good reason: It was a remarkable grassroots revolution that is still changing the North African and Middle East dynamic and, indeed, the world.

Much of this, however, might not have been possible but for the actions of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks.

Manning allegedly leaked diplomatic cables and video (of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack) to WikiLeaks. Manning had access to SIPRNet and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System from his workstation in Iraq. His reason for leaking the documents? Manning wrote to former hacker Adrian Lamo, “I want people to see the truth… regardless of who they are … because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”

Assange, as founder and public face of WikiLeaks, took these documents—in addition to other diplomatic cables and documents—and published them on WikiLeaks—an act the old New York Times would have done without hesitation in the Pentagon Papers-era, but seems quite reluctant to do in the 21st century.

And while a Nobel Peace Prize nomination might not help Manning avoid prison time or get Assange released from house arrest and his legal charade, it certainly is a form of vindication for both men; many people across the world admire their principled stand.

If it had not been for WikiLeaks publishing the leaked diplomatic cables, the Arab Spring might not have been possible. The leaks were the catalyst, as Amnesty International stated, supplying the momentum in Tunisia and Egypt, for example. Even Retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel Ann Wright, in a recent Stars & Stripes editorial, has called Wikileaks “a critically important tool for those who seek to uphold basic human-rights standards and the professional conduct of U.S. military forces.”

As such, both Manning and Assange deserve serious consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize.

By DJ Pangburn Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 20:20:15 PM »
This is fantastic!


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Re: Bradley Manning and Julian Assange Both Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2011, 09:38:15 AM »
Enjoy!  ;D


Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Reasons Why WikiLeaks Will Win The Nobel Prize For Peace

1. Un-missable chance for Norway to make Sweden look bad. LOL!

2. Supporting the release of CableGate, the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War logs and the Collateral Murder video surely makes up for giving the Nobel to U.S. President Obama (worst decision evuh?).

3. Nobel Prize chairman's own comments today:

    "This year's prize will be important, I think it will be well-received."

    "We saw many of the (Arab Spring) actors at the time, but that doesn't mean that the prize goes in that direction, because there are many other positive developments in the world," he said.

    "The most positive development will get the prize," Jagland said.

    "So I'm a little bit surprised that it has not been already seen by many commentators and experts and all this because for me it's obvious."

    "Not necessarily a big name, but a big mission — something important for the world."

    "For me and the committee, I think it's quite obvious if you look at the world today and see what is happening out there," he said. "What are the major forces pushing the world in the right direction?"

4. Timing. Right now, WikiLeaks badly needs the money, increased public support, and subsequent political "capitol" this will bring. The award could keep WikiLeaks alive (and Julian Assange out of jail).

5. WikiLeaks did not create the Arab Spring (and JA never claimed that it did). But just like Facebook and Twitter, it HELPED those revolutions succeed. An award to WikiLeaks also acknowledges such movements around the world, including #OccupyWallStreet.

6. Geography. For better or worse, most Nobel winners are from Western countries. Not so surprising when those giving the award are Europeans.