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Play about Bradley Manning wins drama prize

5:37 AM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., before a pretrial military hearing. The lawyer for Manning, who sent troves of classified material to WikiLeaks, is thanking supporters who gathered outside Maryland's Fort Meade ahead of Pfc. Bradley Manning's court-martial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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LONDON (AP) - A play about WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning has won a drama award in Britain.

"The Radicalization of Bradley Manning" was named winner of a James Tait Black Memorial Prize on Tuesday.

The play by Tim Price focuses on Manning's teenage years in Wales, where he lived with his British mother, and his transformation into a troubled U.S. soldier who leaked troves of confidential documents to the anti-secrecy organization.

James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are Britain's oldest literary awards, and have introduced a drama category for the first time. It comes with a 10,000 pound ($15,000) check.

Manning was convicted in the U.S. last week of 20 offenses, including espionage, theft and computer fraud. The crimes carry a combined maximum prison term of 136 years.

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