Speaking Out For Bradley Manning and Whistleblowers

Speaking Out For Bradley Manning and Whistleblowers

Posted by on July 31, 2013                                       /   Comments Off

Julian Assange in London, where he has given his reaction to the conviction of Bradley Manning on espionage charges. Photograph: Juan Passarelli/AP

sage:  It is a sad day when a whistleblower like Bradley Manning comes under such persecution for allowing the public to see the truth of inhumanity and war crimes going on off the mainstream media’s radar; adding insult to injury, is the guilty verdict on 19 counts with a possible 130+ years in jail.  And there seems to be no hue and cry about it, at least not like the overblown Zimmerman trial verdict. 

 But at least two people seem to be on the side of journalistic and democratic freedoms:  Julian Assange (Story 1), Senator Chuck Grassley (Story 2)  and Antiwar Editor John Glaser (Story 3) who, in their individual roles, speak out for whistleblowers, and Bradley Manning in particular. 

Story 1 – Julian Assange: Conviction of Bradley Manning a Dangerous Precedent

The Guardian – July 31, 2013

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WikiLeaks founder criticises findings of military court and treatment of ‘heroic’ US soldier

Julian Assange has attacked the conviction of US soldier Bradley Manning on espionage charges, calling him a hero.

Speaking inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the WikiLeaks founder said the conviction by a military court set a dangerous precedent.

The Australian, who has been inside the embassy for over a year to avoid extradition to Sweden, said he took no solace from Manning’s acquittal on the most dangerous charge of aiding the enemy.

The US solider, who admitted leaking confidential documents to WikiLeaks, was convicted of 19 charges.

Assange said he expected Manning to appeal against the decision.

Assange said the only victim in the case had been the US government’s “wounded pride”, adding that Manning’s Bradley_Manningdisclosures had helped spark the Arab Spring.

“This was never a fair trial,” he said.

He criticised the treatment of the US soldier since his arrest in 2010, saying he had been stripped, kept isolated and in a cage to “break” him.

The sentencing process will begin on Wednesday but Assange said there were two appeals within the US justice system as well as the supreme Court.

“WikiLeaks will not rest until he is free.”

Assange said the aiding an enemy charge was absurd, put forward as a red herring to detract from the other charges.

He described the soldier as the best journalistic source the world had ever seen, uncovering war crimes in Iraq which he maintained had led to the removal of US troops from that country.

Assange said the only just outcome would have been acquittal on all the charges, saying conviction was a “clear abuse” of the first amendment and Espionage Act in the US.

He described the actions of Manning as “unquestionably heroic”.