Intel Vets Name Pvt. Manning Winner of Sam Adams Award

By:  Jack Kenny
Intel Vets Name Pvt. Manning Winner of Sam Adams Award

Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, the U.S. Army private whose divulgence of classified materials to WikiLeaks in 2010 resulted in his 35-year prison sentence, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Sam Adams Award for Intelligence in Integrity in Intelligence by an organization of former U.S. national security officials.

The Sam Adams Association for Integrity in Intelligence voted to bestow the honor on Manning, an Army intelligence analyst stationed in Iraq in 2009 the online publication reported. Manning released documents and videos that revealed previously undisclosed activities by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan, including a video showing U.S. pilots in a pair of Apache helicopters firing on civilians on a street in Baghdad in 2007, killing 12 civilians, including two Reuters journalists. The video created an international furor when it circulated on the Internet under the title, “Collateral Murder.” The Army had refused to release the footage when it was requested by Reuters under the Freedom of Information Act. A military inquiry reached the conclusion that the helicopter fire was in support of U.S. soldiers under attack and that one of the attackers was carrying a rocket propelled grenade launcher. Various news reports and commentaries stated that the WikiLeaks video had been carefully edited to conceal the presence of the weapon.

Manning, 26, was convicted by court martial in 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act, stealing government property, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and multiple accounts of disobeying orders. Now in military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Manning, who was diagnosed by an Army psychiatrist as suffering a “gender identity disorder,” announced in a press release the name change from Bradley to Chelsea on the day after the sentencing.

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Photo of Bradley Manning: AP Images

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