Petition backs Manning for Nobel Peace Prize

Aug 12, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT
US anti-war activist, Norman Solomon, unseen, arrives at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway Monday Aug. 12 2013 to deliver two boxes of over 100,000 signatures calling for awarding the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to US Army whistleblower Bradley Manning.
(AP Photo Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix)

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Nobel Prize committee officials say they have received a petition claiming some 100,000 signatures that endorses awarding the peace prize to U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks.

Peace laureate Mairead Maguire nominated Army Pfc. Manning for the prize in June, saying his leaks had helped end the war in Iraq by hastening foreign troop withdrawals and dissuading further American intervention in the Middle East.

U.S. anti-war activist Norman Solomon gave the petition on Monday to Nobel committee member Asle Toje, who said the annually awarded $1 million Nobel Prizes are "not a popularity contest" and the petition would neither weaken nor strengthen Manning's nomination.

The last jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner was Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010.