I am Bradley Manning (video)

A host of famous progressives, young and old, walk through who Bradley Manning is, what he did, and why they think he’s a hero.

Bradley-Manning

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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  • Tenquwe Ratib

    we must do everything we can to try to prevent sadistic statanic toltairaian rule beacuse theat is the goal of all the gun conrollers, all the pro-hypocritical gov spying programs, all the corrupt hypocritcs in gov and tyrants, they want to rule brutally worse than nk and they want to murder and torture anyone who thinks anything they dont like, anyone who doesnt act like they worship and luv the tyrants…

  • Tenquwe Ratib

    they shuold be scred, thats alot better tthan to pretend the predators are their to protect u

  • Tenquwe Ratib

    and the contition includes following transparency laws that all gov does must be published. his jobs was to try to stop crime he was doing his job. normally when gov workers dont report miscondut they get fire, he did the right thing.

  • Tenquwe Ratib

    them leaking so overtly put them in honorable risk, and exposed the gov’s crimes much moer effectivly than annoymously leaking, the gov actually admit the leakers were honest and shows the public how corrupt the gov really is, so they can stop living in lala land pretending their hypocritical predators that herd them are their to protect them.

  • Tenquwe Ratib

    covered of evidence of gov murdering innocent people is critical info, and it is legaly sapose to be, and needs to be, shared with the public. arrest the crroks who arrested manning and arrest the crooks who manning exposed

  • Bill_Perdue

    Obots vote down leftists as a bloc on some blogs.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Well said, I see that two down arrow fascists are upset.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Bravo, well said!

  • bkmn

    How, exactly did a mere Private, lowest of the low ranking people in the services, have access to such critical information? Why were there not safeguards in place to prevent such a low level person from making copies of this info?

    That is what should be investigated.

  • benb

    Manning and Snowden have foolishly destroyed their futures. Practically speaking, if one’s gonna leak, then it has to rise to the threshold of embarrassing the government who’s hiding behind ‘Classified’ information and not much higher. If there’s any question of endangering national security then one ought to have the background and experience to make that call. A government is more interested in making an example out of a leaker to deter others than it is to seek justice in the matter.

  • cole3244

    as america spirals further right its chance of reversing this fascist trend becomes less likely, beware america the worse is yet to come politically as well as environmentally.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Citizens are now afraid of the American government. Increasingly that mistrust is crossing all the political spectrum and bodes ill for our former democracy.

  • Badgerite

    I have ambivalent feelings about Manning. It seems highly unfair that someone who actually did act from conscience is paying a high price while someone like Snowden who did not, is running off to some country in South America, via Moscow and Cuba. I mean seriously, Cuba! But he made a mistake in revealing his identity to ANYONE. Why he did that is beyond me. Additionally, I do accept the governments contention that he just did a wholesale dump of documents that conscience did not require him to do.

  • dula

    Free Bradley Manning. Free the United States from oligarchy/the military industrial complex and the Democrats and Republicans they used to overthrow our representative democracy.

  • DrDignity

    Bravo, Bill! The generations of Americans who represented integrity, goodness & courage will not be obliterated during this era of cowardice, fear & destruction. This is an aberration of the lowest sort. This administration & the one previous have committed serious crimes against humanity & are jack-booted to suppress an dissent. That spirit of courage & integrity still lives on in the real heroes who are not scared into submission nor believe the official stories, the propaganda nor are seduced by violence. This is who we are: courageous, honest, honorable, peaceable.

  • Bill_Perdue

    When he enlisted Brand Manning did not swear to protect the reputations of mad dog warmongers like the Bushes, the Clinton’s and Obama.

    When he enlisted Brand Manning did not swear to be complicit in mass murder and genocide, which have formed the core of US military policy from early in the Vietnam war to Iraq and a dozen other countries from Tunisia to Pakistan.

    When he enlisted Brand Manning did not swear to hide evidence of military murders and murderers.

    This is the oath taken by Brad Manning. “I, Bradley Edward Manning, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (*)

    In 1953 the Nuremberg Code was adopted as official policy by the US War Department. The Nuremberg Code and Charter expressly forbid attempts to cover up war crimes and crimes against humanity. Further, the Tokyo War Crimes trials declared “[A]nyone with knowledge of illegal activity and an opportunity to do something about it is a potential criminal under international law unless the person takes affirmative measures to prevent commission of the crimes.” (*)

    The Iraq invasion and occupation, a continuation of Bill Clintons murderous infanticide were clearly illegal under international law, the laws of the US and the UN charter. The Bush administration and the English government lied about their motives in attacking Iraq and were fully supported by right wing Democrats like Hillary Clinton.

    What Brad Manning did was to uphold the oath he took and international and Us law. For that he was tortured and for that he’s a hero and the whole world is in his debt. Few people can be said to have changed history and fewer still changed it for the better.

    Brad Manning is a hero.

    (*) http://www.counterpunch.org/2003/02/27/a-duty-to-disobey-all-unlawful-orders/ An exhaustive and excellent look at the legal side of genocide.

  • Indigo

    Assange, Manning, Snowden . . . it’s a social movement and it’s not going to stop any time soon because the focus of this movement is the secrecy surrounding the growth of a totalitarian state. Ultimately, I expect the state to crush the opposition even though the publicity makes it clear that we’re watching the incubation of a totalitarian global empire, namely US. Ouch!

  • dickl_at_yahoo

    because he is a gay traitor who, the left loves that

  • Thom Allen

    “Now that I know it, I cannot unknow it.” Ethically, that’s the best statement against government obfuscations and coverups. If only the people who made the decision to authorize hiding facts used that as a moral guideline, things would be much more transparent. Not just in the Bradley Manning case but in the instances of Guantanamo, PRISM, campaign contributions and so many other areas of politics.

  • cole3244

    when the american govt & military can’t handle the truth they do not represent a free citizenry but are the enemy of that citizenry.

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