Anti-War Group Praises Okla. Man Charged In Leaks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma anti-war group says the Army private accused of leaking classified material to Wikileaks should receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research says it nominated Pfc. Bradley Manning for the prize. The group says Manning - who is a native of Crescent - should receive full whistleblower protections for his actions. The group says the information Manning leaked exposed what it calls war crimes in Iraq.

Military prosecutors say Manning gave Wikileaks sensitive battlefield reports and diplomatic cables. Defense lawyers say Manning was a troubled soldier who shouldn't have had access to
classified material.

Manning faces a general court-martial on 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, which carries a possible life sentence. He's set to be arraigned Feb. 23.