Following last Wednesday's announcement that PFC Bradley Manning acknowledges releasing classified documents as an act of conscience, Nobel Peace Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize, 1984), Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize, 1977) and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Nobel Peace Prize, 1980), have published a letter in support of the WikiLeaks whistle-blower.
Their letter states:
"As people who have worked for decades against the increased militarization of societies and for international cooperation to end war, we have been deeply dismayed [PFC Manning's] treatment... Responsible governance requires fully informed citizens who can question their leadership. For those citizens worldwide who do not have direct, intimate knowledge of war, yet are still affected by rising international tensions and failing economies, WikiLeaks releases attributed to Bradley Manning have provided unparalleled access to important facts." See their full letter on The Nation's website
Following news that Bradley Manning had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year, world famous Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated that: "The effect of his actions was to hold to account powerful people with selfish motives who preferred to remain unaccountable and anonymous, and has been applauded by many righteous people around the world. I implore the United States government to prioritize addressing the systemic frailties exposed in the leaked documents above persecuting whistle-blowers." Archbishop Tutu was himself honored by the Nobel committee for helping end the system of South African apartheid.