Whistleblowers like Manning deserve praise, not prosecution. They're heroes. They're America's finest. They risk great personal harm to expose vital truths everyone needs to know.
Exposing crimes or intent to commit them deserves highest praise. America equates it with treason, subversion, or terrorism.
Manning faces 22 counts under America's Espionage Act. He's also accountable under Articles 92 and 124 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). They include aiding the enemy. It's a potential capital offense.
Prosecutors said they won't seek the death penalty. Manning could face life in prison. Possibly it would be without parole. He and Julian Assange received Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
On February 1, 2012, the Movement of the Icelandic Parliament (MIP) nominated Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. They felt compelled to recognize his important contribution to world peace.
MIP's letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in part said:
"We have the great honor of nominating (Manning) for the 2012 (award)."
He stands accused of leaking documents revealing "a long history of corruption, war crimes and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings."