March 6, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Manning nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Bradley Manning, wikileaks, gay news, Washington Blade

Pfc. Bradley Manning, who’s gay, faces charges that he leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks. (Public domain photo)

OSLO, Norway—A gay U.S. Army private who allegedly leaked thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks is among those who have been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Pink News reported a group of Icelandic parliamentarians, the Pirates of the EU, members of the Swedish Pirate Party and a former Tunisian government minister nominated Bradley Manning. The group said in a statement his alleged actions, among other things, “helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements.”

Manning, 25, on Feb. 28 pleaded guilty to 10 charges of misusing classified information. He faces 12 other counts that include “aiding the enemy.”

Manning’s trial is scheduled to begin on June 3.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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