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“Brad’s treatment at Quantico will forever be etched, I believe, in our nation’s history as a disgraceful moment in time. Not only was it stupid and counterproductive – it was criminal.”“Brad’s treatment at Quantico will forever be etched, I believe, in our... more
Bradley Manning is arguably one of the most important figures to emerge on the political landscape this century, both to those who admire his ‘bravery’ and to those who despise his ‘treachery’.
Manning has been accused of leaking over 250,000 U.S. State Department diplomatic cables and approximately 500,000 army reports, as well as secret videos of air strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan in which journalists and civilians, mainly women and children, were shown being massacred by the U.S. military. These leaks have been dubbed Cablegate (referring to the diplomatic cables), and the Iraq War logs and the Afghan War Diary (referring to the army reports). The consequences of these leaked documents has been profound:
“The material that Bradley Manning is alleged to have leaked has highlighted astonishing examples of U.S. subversion of the democratic process around the world, systematic evasion of accountability for atrocities and killings, and many other abuses. [The] archive of State Department cables have appeared in tens of thousands of articles, books and scholarly works, illustrating the nature of U.S. foreign policy and the instruments of U.S. national power.”
Manning’s pre-trial hearing, or as Julian Assange put it, “the trial of the U.S. military” was held on 29 November 2012:
“This is Bradley Manning’s abuse case. Bradley Manning was arrested in Baghdad, shipped over and held for two months in extremely adverse conditions in Kuwait, shipped over to Quantico, Virginia, which is near the center of the U.S. intelligence complex, and held there for nine months, longer than any other prisoner in Quantico’s modern history. And there, he was subject to conditions that the U.N. special rapporteur, Juan Méndez, special rapporteur for torture, formally found amounted to torture.”
The pre-trial hearing was the first time since his detention that Manning had been given the opportunity to share his experiences in an open forum. The focus of the hearing was how the military had treated him for the last two and a half years while he was in captivity:
“A formal UN investigation denounced those conditions as ‘cruel and inhuman’. President Obama's state department spokesman, retired air force colonel PJ Crowley, resigned after publicly condemning Manning's treatment. A prison psychologist testified this week that Manning's conditions were more damaging than those found on death row, or at Guantánamo Bay.”
It would have been incredible to have been a fly on the wall during the hearing or to be able to watch it on video, but the best we can do is to read about what took place, listen to someone who was there share their observations, or watch a video interview of a lawyer present during the hearing describe the scene in the courtroom (interview begins after the comments by Julian Assange).
Accused WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning Testifies He Thought He Would "Die in Custody"
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/30/accused_wikileaks_whistleblower_bradley_manning_testifiesSource: http://chycho.blogspot.ca/2012/12/bradley-manning-and-trial-of-united.html... more
WikiLeaks suspect held at Quantico for nine months despite recommendation of 90 days maximum, pre-trial hearing toldThe former commander of Quantico marine base in Virginia has revealed to the court martial of Bradley Manning that he warned his Pentagon superiors that the jail on the base was insufficiently prepared to deal with the long-term detention of the WikiLeaks suspect.
Daniel Choike told a pre-trial hearing in Fort Meade, Maryland, that when Manning arrived at the brig on 29 July 2010, having been arrested in Iraq on suspicion of being the source of the massive WikiLeaks dump of state secrets, he informed his superior officer in the Pentagon that in his opinion Quantico was not the right place for the soldier should his detention last long.
"I didn't feel that PFC Manning should be detained more than 90 days in the brig," he said.
In the end, Manning spent nine months at Quantico – three times the maximum Choike thought appropriate. The soldier's treatment there prompted international protests from the UN, Amnesty International and other organisations that likened it to torture.
Choike's admission that he had been aware of problems relating to Manning's incarceration at the Quantico brig came on Tuesday, at the end of an intense first day in the latest pre-trial hearing in the soldier's court martial. The army private, who worked as an intelligence analyst in a military base outside Baghdad from 2009 until his arrest in May 2010, faces 22 counts relating to the transfer of hundreds of thousands of confidential US documents to the whistleblowing website.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/wikileaks-suspect-bradley-manning-jailThe former commander of Quantico marine base in Virginia has revealed to the court... more
GI’s treatment focus of hearing in WikiLeaks case (AP) Slants and Misleads – Won’t Use Bradley Manning’s Name In Their HeadlinesThis is Bradley Mannings statement:
REBUTTAL TO COMPLAINT OF WRONGS: BY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS BRADLEY MANNING U.S. ARMY
Just a little thing the AP left out. Probably forgot…This is Bradley Mannings statement: REBUTTAL TO COMPLAINT OF WRONGS: BY PRIVATE FIRST... more
WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example :WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files – more than five... more
Searches for “WikiLeaks” in the public search engine for the US National Archives have been blocked, according to a posting at Cryptome.org. Any search containing the word “WikiLeaks (like “Congress” and “WikiLeaks”) turns up an error message.Searches for “WikiLeaks” in the public search engine for the US National... more
John Konopak,CJE – Julian Assange, embedded in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and the rest of those mischievous sprites at WikiLeaks have gone done stuck another grubby thumb in the eye of the National Security State.John Konopak,CJE – Julian Assange, embedded in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,... more
WWH/CJE Political prisoners Updates: Bradley Manning stomped by Kangaroo – We all are Pussy’s – Prison to make you talk – Prison to shut you upGrand jury resistor Leah-Lynn released from prison
Bradley Manning Jury will be Allowed to Hear Statements by Obama
But only if Manning is Convicted
Whistleblower witch hunt
Pussy Riot band members sent to remote prison campsGrand jury resistor Leah-Lynn released from prison Bradley Manning Jury will be... more
Alexa O’Brien is a journalist, researcher, and social activist. She is currently investigating the Bradley Manning trial and the US government’s pursuit of Wikileaks.Alexa O’Brien is a journalist, researcher, and social activist. She is currently... more
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both raising insane amounts of money as their respective party’s candidates in the 2012 election, but they’re not the only ones asking for cash. WikiLeaks has launched Vote WikiLeaks: 2012 Donation Campaign, in the hopes of raising funds for their free information efforts.Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both raising insane amounts of money as their... more
Today we talk of geo-politics and the freedom of information. But what is happening today technically (i.e. politically) began on 12 December 2008, though some say September of that year, but it took four years for the shock waves to reach Europe and America. The issue relates to Julian Assange, Wikileaks, and the Republic of Ecuador. Mind you, it was assumed in the entire American continent, Australia, and Europe that the world was the same as ten years ago. But the world does not work that way anymore.
On August 3 in New York, Ecuador became the first nation in the Americas and only nation in the Western world since 1948, to apply the concept of “immoral debt” or the political and technical refusal to pay foreign debts because they were made by previous governments through corruption, in violation of constitutional laws and requirements.
Bush said that the US was even ready for a ‘military option to safeguard US interests.’ The next morning, the powerful New York law firm of Goldberg & Goldberg submitted that there was a legal precedent for Ecuador’s action. Six hours later, the US gave up and called on the international community to challenge the legitimacy of the concept of “immoral debt”.
Interestingly, the legal precedent was dated 4 Jan 2003, and signed by George Bush. Yep. This happened in Iraq, which at that time was’technically’ an American possession since it was occupied by US forces and the interim government was not yet recognized by the UN. Saddam Hussein had left debts of 250 billion euros (40 billion euros against Italy, thanks to the transactions concluded Tareq Aziz, deputy to Hussein and an ally of Vatican’s Opus Dei), which the US erased by applying the concept of “immoral debt”, thus creating the recent historical precedent.
http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43077-hidden-truth-assange-and-the-attack-on-the-republic-of-ecuadorToday we talk of geo-politics and the freedom of information. But what is happening... more
Yesterday - Julian Assange addressed the United Nations - and discussed the United States' continuing investigation of Wikileaks and Bradley Manning. But what's the real lesson on journalism in the 21st century that needs to be taken away from the Assange case.
Since June - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London trying to avoid extradition to Sweden - and eventually the United States where he could meet the same fate as Bradley Manning or worse. His crime? Being a journalist. There's one industry specifically mentioned in the Constitution - just one. And it's the press - it's journalism. It's the tool "we the people" have to keep our government in check - and to make sure "we the people" have all the information we need to be informed members of our democracy.
The press is absolutely essential - which is why it's named and protected in the very first amendment in our Bill of Rights. And journalism has taken many different forms over the centuries - adapting to technological changes in our society. From the quill pen to the printing press to radio to television to now the Internet - journalism has utilized all of these methods to do its job and speak truth to power. But it's that last method - the Internet - that really frightens power. And it's that last method - the Internet - in which Wikileaks exclusively operates. The reach and speed by which information can be distributed now - thanks to the Internet - is unprecedented - it's revolutionary!
Now - in a matter of seconds - a story of official malfeasance - or even official good deeds -can fly at the speed of light to billions of people around the planet. President Obama may have laid some groundwork for the Arab Spring by going to Cairo in 2009 and basically telling the Arab people to tear down their dictators. But Wikileaks journalism really lit the fuse. Wikileaks released information about the President of Tunisia's kleptocratic greed and massive corruption. Two weeks later - a young street vendor set himself on fire - sparking the revolution in Tunisia.
Wikileaks released information about the greed and corruption of kleptocrat Moammar Gadhafi and his sons in Libya - and soon that country as well was swept up in revolution. And it was Wikileaks which released information about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's plan to never leave office - despite presidential elections looming. And soon - half a million people were occupying Tahrir Square demanding a revolution - one they eventually got. That's the power of journalism in the Internet age - that's the power of Wikileaks.
Which brings us to why Julian Assange is stuck in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He's wanted not by Arab nations, which have seen firsthand the damage his revelations can cause to established regimes - but instead by Western powers - primarily the United States. Let's face it - Wikileaks is, in part, the twenty-first century version of the New York Times. Both entities receive information from whistleblowers - and both entities publish that information. In fact - the New York Times published much of the exact same information that Wikileaks did - yet they haven't been the subject of federal investigations. And prominent lawmakers and government officials aren't calling editors at the New York Times "enemies of the state" - like they are with Julian Assange.Yesterday - Julian Assange addressed the United Nations - and discussed the United... more
THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.
Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy", a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.
(click on the link for the full article and for the video)THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United... more
Condom ‘evidence’ doesn’t fit – You must Acquit: Evidence against Assange draws blank as no DNA linkA ripped condom given to Swedish police by one of Julian Assange’s accusers does not contain the WikiLeaks founder’s DNA, forensic scientists have reportedly found.
In a 100-page document shown to Assange’s lawyers, it was revealed that the torn prophylactic, having been examined by staff at two forensic laboratories, did not bear conclusive evidence that Assange had ever worn it, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.A ripped condom given to Swedish police by one of Julian Assange’s accusers does... more
More than 30 news outlets and media organizations lodged an official protest Tuesday against secrecy in the court martial of Private Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accusing of leaking hundreds of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.More than 30 news outlets and media organizations lodged an official protest Tuesday... more
The civilian lawyer of Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of transferring hundreds of thousands of state secrets to WikiLeaks, is demanding that at least seven years be lopped off any sentence he might be given on grounds that he was improperly treated while in military custody.
The legal pleading by David Coombs, Manning's chief lawyer, was disclosed in a new motion to the military court that is hearing the soldier's court martial that he posted on his blog on Monday . The motion discloses in heavily redacted form some of the information the defence has gleaned in recent weeks about the way the soldier was treated while he was held for almost 10 months in solitary confinement at the military brig in Quantico marine base in Virginia in 2010/11.
Coombs argues that a stash of about 700 emails that have been disclosed to the defence reveal that military commanders in the brig completely ignored the professional advice of psychiatrists and other medical experts who had examined Manning and found him at no risk to himself and others. Instead, the commanders pressed ahead with harsh conditions that some critics, including the UN, define as torture.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/03/bradley-manning-lawyer-demands-sentence-cutThe civilian lawyer of Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of transferring... more
Uruguayan journalist Jorge Gestoso interviews Julian Assange from within the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Originally aired on GamaTV, August 30, 2012.
http://www.gamatv.com.ec/index.php/de-frente-con-jorge-gestoso.htmlUruguayan journalist Jorge Gestoso interviews Julian Assange from within the... more
Take a break from presidential politics for one of the most important stories you'll read this week...
TrapWire is a surveillance system designed by former high-ranking government officials now working for an entity called Abraxas, which utilizes footage from CCTV cameras located all over the country. The video footage is then downloaded to a secure server and analyzed as a means to predict crimes or criminal behavior before they happen. It’s all very Minority Report, and as that film reminded us, altogether dangerous.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=41447Take a break from presidential politics for one of the most important stories... more
It is hard sometimes to divide the story of Julian Assange from that of WikiLeaks. But once upon a time, before Bradley Manning, the rape allegations, the house arrest, the TV show on RT, and then the Ecuador gambit, WikiLeaks, as an organization and as an idea, was brimming with promise. For many, the age of the anonymous digital whistleblower was the dawn of a bright new era of radical transparency.It is hard sometimes to divide the story of Julian Assange from that of WikiLeaks. But... more