Bradley Manning awarded international peace prize

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Bradley Manning has received an international peace prize.

Bradley Manning, the gay U.S. soldier on trial in the WikiLeaks case, has received honors from the International Peace Bureau.

The organization awarded the whistleblower its Sean MacBride Peace Prize "for his courageous actions in revealing information about US war crimes."       

Manning was arrested in May 2010 after allegedly leaking more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables, 400,000 U.S. Army reports about Iraq and another 90,000 about Afghanistan, as well as the material used in the “Collateral Murder” video produced by WikiLeaks. The video footage showed the the July 12, 2007, Baghdad airstrike and the 2009 Garani airstrike in Afghanistan.

Manning has been detained since his arrest, first in Kuwait, then in solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Brig in Quantico, Va., and then, after human rights groups protested his prison conditions, at a medium-security military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Manning pleaded not guilty in February to 10 of the 22 charges, which could carry a sentence of up to 20 years.

His trial is now nearing the end.

International Peace Bureau co-president Tomas Magnusson, in a news release, said, “Among the very highest moral duties of a citizen is to make known war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is within the broad meaning of the Nuremberg Principles enunciated at the end of the 2nd World War. When Manning revealed to the world the crimes being committed by the US military he did so as an act of obedience to this high moral duty."