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‘I Am Bradley Manning’ Say Celebrities in New Campaign

‘I Am Bradley Manning’ Say Celebrities in New Campaign

A new video campaign has been released that sees celebrities proclaim “I Am Bradley Manning,” a drive they hope will help promote support for Manning’s cause.

The video, part of the wider I Am Bradley Manning campaign, sees actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, comedian Russel Brand, director Oliver Stone, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and rights activist Dan Choi, among others, explain why they feel we are all Bradley Manning.

Their appearances are interspersed among clips of the now infamous Collateral Murder video and other  high profiled moments surrounding the Manning/Wikileaks saga.

Watch the video below:

It should be noted that there is a significant body of evidence to suggest Manning identifies as female, though whether she identifies under the umbrella of transgender is unclear. This post shall hereafter use female pronouns.

The Manning court martial, after eight full days in court spread over three weeks, is now in recess.

Manning faces 22 charges but chief among them (the charge that potentially carries a life sentence) is that Manning directly aided the enemy, Osama bin Laden.

Manning, in a thorough 35 page statement delivered to the court at the start of the trial, freely admits to 10 of the 22 charges and specifically to disclosing the information, but denies aiding the enemy.

Instead Manning contends she provided the classified information under the impression that the battlefield reports were not sensitive and that by placing the documents in the public domain the Military would have to acknowledge it acted against the US Constitution and international rights standards, in effect that it would “show the true cost of war.”

On the charge of aiding the enemy, however, the Military will need to prove that “Manning had reason to believe the leaks would hurt national security,” a very particular threshold.

Much of the trial has centered around the Military attempting to prove this by examining communications including Twitter messages, though so far the information used to paint Manning as cognizant that she could be aiding the enemy appears at the moment only circumstantial.

The fact that Manning was kept for almost a year at the Marine Corps Brig in Virginia under dehumanizing solitary confinement restrictions and then a further two years at Fort Leavenworth with other detainees prior to trial, virtually unprecedented in cases like this, has drawn international attention and the condemnation of national rights groups.

It has also contributed to serious concerns over the Obama administration’s wider response to national security issues. This has reemerged with the NSA scandal and questions over what charges whistle-blower Edward  Snowden might now face.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has also emerged as a prominent figure in the Military’s view of the Manning trial, though this has raised some eyebrows as Manning is not charged with conspiracy or having set out to infiltrate the military for the purpose of disclosing information to Wikileaks. So why Assange should be named quite so often — 22 times by one count — is interesting.

Assange has just passed his first year of self-confinement by limited choice in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, England, after pleading for asylum from Ecuadorian authorities to escape being extradited to Sweden, where in an unrelated matter he would almost certainly be charged with some form of sexual assault and from where he claims he could, in turn, be extradited to the US.

Manning’s trial is set to resume on Tuesday, June 25.

 

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12:18PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

I am Bradley Manning. I am Edward Snowdon

6:03AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Grazie.

9:22AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

After doing some research (prior to chastising me, everyone should check out Manning on ask.com and snopes among others) I've come to the conclusion that Manning "did not" release the classified information for the same reason(s) as Snowden (more on him later) and almost everyone thinks he did; but did so to draw attention to himself (he was getting nothing from the military or anyone else for that matter) as regards to his sexual orientation and problems. Don and I CAN :-))

1:13PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

WOW...Strong video...says so much and makes each person think about the exact nature of whistlblowing. Until Snowden and now Manning I really didn't pay much attention to whistleblowers or what happened to them. As a matter of fact I'm not sure if much press was ever given to any.

We ALL should be Bradley Manning.

We All need to stop the assault on whistleblowers.

We ALL need to hold the Powers-That-Be accountable. "If not now, then When?"

11:40AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

For all out there who are For condemning Manning without any more information than is currently out there:

I know some of what Snowden is revealing to our "rival nations" (dislike the term "enemies"), but Manning's releases of Past crimes of our nation?
What parts of what he released do you find traitorous?
The parts where our soldiers killed journalists and children, where our diplomats insulted others from other countries, or some other parts?

2:09AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

I AM BRADLEY MANNING!

2:00AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Thanks.

10:34PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

John L.

I'm not sure what your argument is, given that it was interspersed with distracting, personal ranting. The ranting didn't help.

“Village Idiots … you are either ignorant or a traitor yourself selling us all out …The government is the enemy … all this is really about is to disarm the population so they can somewhere down the track kull 90% worldwide as is stated on their Georgia Guidstones (American Stonehenge) to bring in their One World Government NWO. All this BS happening of Terror Attacks are mostly false flags to suck you in to be fearful so the government will come & save you is all a false illusion a trick so you will give up your rights & freedoms & let them molestor you at checkouts such as the TSA that Michael Chertoff profited nicely from … refusing to act on looking into things here said then i pitty you cause you've been told & all your bitching about it only displays your ignorance to make you's look stupid”

10:28PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Colin K.

Sadly, it seems that too many Americans do "believe everything and everyone without any ability to judge right from wrong for themselves". Just look at the news (???) channels and see how popular the least informative are to test your belief.

There is more and more research that it is a common state for people to opt for the least difficult solution, and the most immediately beneficial (Stanford marshmallow experiment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_marshmallow_experiment - I think it reasonable to extrapolate, as do others).

"We all owe it to the future generations to speak out against wrong… "; but people don't and yes, that is why "THE HOLOCAUST SUCCEEDED". But it is also why millions of Americans don't have health care, live below the poverty line, don't get equal education opportunities, etc. Fortunately there are a few voices ... Stewart and Colbert being two; and you, Colin.

10:19PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Paul M; Kudos! USA Govt uses this smearing of a person's reputation when it looks as though the person might be convincing enough to others. It's a way to defuse the message and appear as though they are just taking away a mad man into some kind of safety reclusion. They did this horrendous thing to Pedro Albizu Campos, our greatest independence hero in Puerto Rico, back in the fifties with the local govt and the full involvement of the FBI, then headed by (uuugh) Edgar Hoover. Anyone interested, I can provide links but just googling his name and the name of Pedro Aponte Vazquez, his main biographer, should be enough.

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