Bradley Manning -- who now goes by Chelsea -- was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for giving hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in one of the biggest U.S. government leaks since the release of the Pentagon Papers more than a generation ago.
The news has sparked strong reactions from supporters and critics of the former intelligence analyst. Among those closely following the verdict: 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Irish peace activist Mairead Maguire.
Maguire shared her thoughts on the verdict with guest host Kevin Sylvester, and explained why she thinks Manning deserves praise, not punishment.
"The day that the government imprisons its truth-tellers and protects its war criminals is a very sad day for both America and the world," she said. "In my book, he is just a wonderful example of the importance of people following their conscience."
Maguire believes that Manning should
receive a Nobel Peace Prize, arguing that the 25 year old meets the high-minded criteria. A petition supporting the honour has
reportedly collected at least 100,000 signatures.
Have you been following the Manning case? What do you make of Maguire's take on his story? Do you agree that he deserves the honour?