Feeds

Wikileaker Manning peace gong petition backed by thousands

Something to treasure while in military confinement

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Nearly 40,000 people have signed a petition calling for Wikileaker Bradley Manning to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Private First Class Manning, 25, is facing 20 years behind bars for divulging 250,000 classified US intelligence documents - a cache of which ended up on Julian Assange™'s Wikileaks website. But the private denies a charge of "aiding the enemy", a crime that can be punished by death. He will be tried in June.

The soldier, who has spent at least 1,000 days in solitary confinement in a military prison, is among a record-breaking 259 nominees for the gong. He is listed alongside Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen after she campaigned for girls' education.

Now an online petition calling for the prize to be awarded to Manning has been signed by more than 36,000 people in little over a week. It will eventually be submitted to the Nobel Prize committee.

In a statement, American civil liberties activists Roots Action - which organised the petition - said:

No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism" than Bradley Manning. And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the US government, no one is more in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.

As well as leaving their names, hundreds of people from around the world have used the petition to pledge their support for the soldier. One netizen called him "a hero in the deepest and truest meaning of that word". Another claimed Manning had "done more for peace in our time than any other individual".

Meanwhile, the US government claimed the diplomatic cables leaked by Manning could have cost people their lives and hurt the country.

To sign the petition, click here. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.