since the trial of Private Bradley Manning started on 3rd June in Fort Meade, US, protests and support have
never stopped inside and outside the Court. Recently, Bradley has been
celebrated in Pride
marches and awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize.
Hundreds, including Queer Strike
signed a full page ad in the New York Times
(25 July). 17 Members of the European Parliament signed an
open letter to Obama supporting him. 100,000 people signed a petition for
him to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
On 30 July, the charge of
“aiding the enemy” was dropped, but Bradley Manning was convicted of 20 offences, including five counts of
"espionage". The original maximum sentence of 136 year is now reduced
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION in 14 countries (that we know of): Australia, Belgium,
Canada, England (several locations), France, Germany
(over 20 cities), Ireland,
Italy, Netherlands, Scotland,
South Korea, Turkey, Wales
and the US
(over 40 cities).
Thanks to international whistleblower Bradley
Manning, we know:
● The “collateral murder” video of a
US helicopter gunship crew killing Iraqi civilians ● The officially sanctioned cover-up of rape and other torture in Iraq and
Afghanistan ● The extent of drone strikes ● The US government attacks on
popular government & movements in Haiti and Venezuela ● Corruption by Tunisian
dictator Ben Ali, which spurred the 2011 revolution ● Israel consulting with Egypt and the
Palestinian Authority before invading Gaza ● etc.
Snowden’s exposé of global snooping by the US has
caused outrage around the world. The work of Wikileaks
and its founder Julian Assange has been crucial in
spreading Bradley Manning’s evidence of governments’ crimes and brutality,
and for organizing against US
persecution of Snowden.