A host of high-profile celebrities and journalists took a stand and made a moving video, wherein they state the case of Manning and say that they are all, indeed, Bradley Manning.
“I am Bradley Manning because I believe the public deserves the truth and whistleblowers deserve a fair trial.”
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"The information that Bradley gave to the public has been a catalyst for pro-democracy movements in the Arab world, exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, shown us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever. There is no evidence that anyone died as a result of the leaked information, yet Bradley faces life in prison or possibly death. The greatest charge against him is that of “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense. As the public who benefited from this information, does that make us the enemy?"
Amidst courtroom secrecy, whistleblower and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning is on trial after three years of confinement. 1124 days of unjust confinement is enough! Drop the "aiding the enemy" charge!
The information that Bradley gave to the public has been a catalyst for pro-democracy movements in the Arab world, exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, shown us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever.
There is no evidence that anyone died as a result of the leaked information, yet Bradley faces life in prison or possibly death. The greatest charge against him is that of “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense. As the public who benefited from this information, does that make us the enemy? What price will future whistleblowers pay?
As the trial of Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, responsible for leaking over 700,000 intelligence and government files to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks in an effort to spark public debate on U.S. foreign policy, begins its third day, the "I Am Bradley Manning" campaign is attracting support from thousands of people around the world, including prominent celebrities and journalists here in America.
Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg; actors Russell Brand, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Wallace Shawn; filmmaker Oliver Stone, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello; journalists Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi are among those featured in a new video (see below) expressing their support for Manning, who faces life imprisonment, as part of the campaign.
Despite the failure of the Manning case to attract significant public attention in the U.S., there are thousands of people from around the world, and in the U.S., who support Manning's actions as a patriotic whistleblower, and if you believe in speaking truth to power and having informed public debate about government actions, then you should too.
The Nobel Peace Prize petition is available for signature and sharing here and anyone interested can submit photos of themselves, holding a sign stating: "I am Bradley Manning" in support of the whistleblower.
A quick summary of what Manning did:
Bradley Edward Manning (born December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks. He was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the enemy.
Assigned to an army unit based near Baghdad, Manning had access to databases used by the United States government to transmit classified information. He was arrested after Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker, told the FBI that Manning had confided during online chats that he had downloaded material from these databases and passed it to WikiLeaks. The material included videos of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan; 250,000 United States diplomatic cables; and 500,000 army reports that came to be known as the Iraq War logs and Afghan War logs. It was the largest set of restricted documents ever leaked to the public. Much of it was published by WikiLeaks or its media partners between April and November 2010.
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