Michael Moore called Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected in the leak of tens of thousands of classified Afghanistan war documents to the WikiLeaks website, "courageous" and said he'll donate $5,000 toward his defense.

The controversial filmmaker told the Associated Press that Manning did the right thing in exposing "war crimes." Manning, 22, and a former intelligence analyst with the Army in Iraq, faces up to 52 years in prison on charges that he leaked a video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack to WikiLeaks, which posted the video in April.

"He did a courageous thing and he did a patriotic thing," Moore said.

White House and Pentagon officials have slammed the document leaks as particularly endangering Afghan informants and allies named in the documents. The Taliban quickly said it would review the documents and take action against Afghans named working with the U.S. and coalition forces.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said last month that the leakers of the documents "might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family."

Moore has posted links on his site to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund, the Bradley Manning Support Network and a Save Bradley group on Facebook (which has 8,675 fans) and Twitter.

Moore also put a link to WikiLeaks on his site, urging readers to "LEAK EVERYTHING YOU GOT!"