Bradley Manning and us: a soldier for truth on trial

Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning (left) and Julian Assange of Wikileaks (right) over a still image from the video Manning provided Wikileaks.

“Manning confessed his leak to Adrian Lamo after reading about the ex-hacker in Wired. Lamo, pallid and twitchy, is a Judas straight out of Central Casting. He pumped Manning for information, claiming that their communications were protected because Lamo was both a journalist and a priest. Then, he turned Manning over to the FBI.” 

America loves its soldiers. They are heroes. They risk everything to protect our freedom. If they are killed, they have made the ultimate sacrifice.

In early 2010, when a soldier named Bradley Manning handed hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and Army reports over to WikiLeaks, he also risked everything to protect our freedom. But the American government is trying him for treason. And the American people, for the most part, don’t care.

It was the largest release of classified information in US history. The documents revealed secret drone strikes, abusive conditions in Guantánamo and endemic corruption. They are credited in part for sparking the Arab Spring.

“You saw incredible things, awful things … things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington, DC … what would you do?” Manning asked a former hacker, Adrian Lamo, shortly after passing the information to WikiLeaks.   Read the Entire Article Here > >

Source: The Guardian | by: Molly Crabapple