‘Manning’s pleas prove he is a hero’
Birgitta Jonsdottir nominated Manning for a Nobel Peace prize after he shed light on a long history of "corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States in its international dealings."
She also helped with producing the notorious Collateral Damage video that Manning admitted to have leaked, even though it was not classified.
In an interview with RT Jonsdottir pointed out that WikiLeaks, the whistleblowing website, was the only media outlet willing to take the files Manning had in his possession, for which he is now being prosecuted. In his guilty plea Manning revealed that he had approached mainstream corporate press outlets like The New York Times and the Washington Post with materials of “enormous value to the American public” - but they ignored his submissions.
RT:Why do you think Private Manning deserves a Nobel?
BJ: Because he dared to do what many others need to do, and that is to blow the whistle on war crimes and to basically bring into the comfort of our homes the horrors of war and what people have gone through. And I do not think it would have mattered to him which nationality was doing the crime.
And I’m really pleased with the result of his statement today,
and it is obvious that his intention was never to aid the enemy but
to inform the general public in the United States and all the other
countries that have been involved with the wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq what is really going on in our name in order to try to stop
And just from what I’ve heard from the statements, the only thought that I have in my mind is this person is a hero.
RT:Will his actions ever be
BJ: I think so, yeah. I’ve been following his case ever since I heard about it for the first time in the news, and I’ve co-produced the Collateral Murder video in order to make sure that it would be brought to the general public, because I felt obliged to do that.
And from seeing the development of the attention to his case,
both in the United States and globally, that has been radically
changing. In a sense it is a relief for me to hear him plead guilty
to leaking this particular video, so I know I may not be harming
his case by saying that what he did was indeed what he did, because
I did know.
RT:The Pentagon bowed to pressure from human rights
groups and posted over 80 unpublished rulings on Manning's trial.
How much of a breakthrough is that?
BJ: I think that in general, this case has shown us the influence and the ability of individuals to transform our world. Manning is one of these people, and all the activists that had made sure that he would not just be forgotten in jail.
And now finally the mainstream media in the United States can’t ignore his story and what he has been going through.
And I think it is very important and of course, it is incredible
to hear that he had tried to take this to other media before he
tried to get it to WikiLeaks and that WikiLeaks was the only place
that would actually acknowledge the significance of the documents
that he was handing over.