WikiLeaks Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Posted: Feb 27, 2012 1:00 PM

Remember Bradley Manning? The gay Army private who downloaded thousands of classified military documents to cds he labeled "Lady Gaga" and then gave them to WikiLeaks, who then published the secrets for the world to see? Well apparently the committee that selects Nobel Peace Prize winners, things Manning deserves a trophy for betraying his country.

The Nobel Peace Prize jury has received 231 nominations for this year’s award, a spokesman said, with publicly disclosed candidates including a former Ukrainian prime minister and the U.S. soldier accused of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.

The secretive committee doesn’t reveal who has been nominated, but those with nomination rights sometimes announce their picks.

Names put forward this year 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.

If there was a way for the Nobel Peace Prize to become even less relevant or important, it just happened.