Montreal Simon: The Real Crime of Bradley Manning

I suppose it could have been worse. He could have got sixty years, he got thirty-five.

Thirty-five years for telling the truth, blowing the whistle on war crimes. 

Among the 700,000 classified documents Mr Manning downloaded while stationed in Iraq was a video that showed a US Apache helicopter in Baghdad opening fire on a group of Iraqis, including two Reuters journalists and their children, who had attempted to rescue a severely injured man. More devastating than the film was the cockpit chatter of the soldiers who joked as they shot people in the streets. "Look at those dead (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Manning case shows that US government’s priorities are ‘upside down’

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The Bradley Manning verdict is about sending the message that “the US government will come after you”, says Amnesty International’s Senior Director of International Law and Policy Widney Brown.

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drive-by planet: Washington double-standard on leaks: ‘if you’re rich, powerful and well-connected the laws don’t apply to you’

Bob Woodward publishes leaks that are more compromising than Wikileaks

When it comes to leaks stateside there is no such thing as a level playing field. Double standards abound. Establishment “insider” journalists such as Bob Woodward publish leaked classified material that makes some of Bradley Manning’s leaks seem innocuous by comparison.

Woodward, who has been described as “a stenographer to the rich and powerful” has published extensive details concerning highly sensitive government deliberations along with key memos. His revelations far from making him a target, or giving rise to cries of “traitor!” have received front page coverage in the New York Times and become bestsellers.

A few days ago (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Julian Assange: Bradley Manning is the quintessential whistleblower

Julian Assange. (Photo credit: Espen More/Flickr)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Bradley Manning “is the quintessential whistleblower” after a US military court found him not guilty of “aiding the enemy”, guilty of 19 lesser charges.

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The Canadian Progressive: Bradley Manning found not guilty of aiding the enemy, guilty of lesser charges

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Military judge Colonel Denise Lind found whistleblower Bradley Manning not guilty of the serious charge of “aiding the enemy”, and guilty of lesser charges which still carry the possibility of over 100 years behind bars.

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The Canadian Progressive: European Parliamentarians Ask President Obama To Free Bradley Manning

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In this open letter to President Barack Obama and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, European parliamentarians demand the immediate release of Bradley Manning.

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The Disaffected Lib: The Dismal Plight of Bradley Manning

The Guardian’s Steve Bell captures what America’s military justice system holds in store for Bradley Manning:

In a preliminary ruling on the multiple charges Mr Manning faces, military judge Colonel Denise Lind threw out a defence motion that the prosecution had failed to produce evidence to sustain a charge that Manning had ‘aided the enemy.’

…But in insisting on the ‘aiding’ charge and 11 others, the Obama administration is holding out for another 154 years jail time – with no parole option.

Claiming to be ‘extraordinarily disappointed’ by the decision, Colonel Morris Davis, formerly a director of the US (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Heroes and Villains

There is little doubt in my mind that the economic chaos defining the lives of millions of people is intentional, not just so their labour can be exploited as cheaply as possible, but also because desperate citizens make for compliant and disciplined drones. Historically, it has usually been thus, with the elites calling the shots while the rest scramble for meager existences, through no fault of their own other than their place in the embryo lottery.

When you are in a position of economic security, it is much easier to follow the corporate/political intrigue that continues to debase our democracy (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: WikiLeaks Leaks Transcript of Hollywood Doc on Julian Assange, Online Activism

WikiLeaks leaks transcript of “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”, the Hollywood doc on Julian Assange and online activism a day before the $2 million vindictive and biased film is publicly released.

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The Canadian Progressive: Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 2013

By: Birgitta Jónsdóttir | Mar 1, 2013: February 1st 2013 the entire parliamentary group of The Movement in the Icelandic Parliament, the Pirates of the EU; representatives from the Swedish Pirate Party, the former Secretary of State in Tunisia for Sport & Youth nominated Private Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. Following is the reasoning href='' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Bradley Manning Tried New York Times, Washington Post Before WikiLeaks

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | March 3, 2013: Turns out Bradley Manning tried to leak to New York Times and the Washington Post before WikiLeaks. But he couldn’t breach the thick armor of the America’s mainstream media. Manning made the revelation in a 35-page statement he read to the military court on Thursday. Via the Guardian: Bradley Manning has href='' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Bradley E. Manning’s Statement for the Providence Inquiry

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | March 2, 2013: This statement below was read by Private First Class Bradley E. Bradley at a providence inquiry for his formal plea of guilty to one specification as charged and nine specifications for lesser included offenses. He pled not guilty to 12 other specifications. This rush transcript was taken by href='' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: ‘Why I Did It’: Whistleblower Bradley Manning Tells US Military Court

Whistleblower reads prepared statement of explanation after pleading guilty to some, but not all, charges By: Common Dreams | Feb. 28, 2013: US Army Private  Bradley Manning read a prepared statement on Thursday, revealing before a packed military courtroom exactly what government and military information he leaked to the whistleblower media outlet Wikileaks, and why he chose to do href='' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: #freebrad: Tweeting Bradley Manning Trial Before US Military Court

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Feb. 28, 2013: #freebrad: Tweeting Bradley Manning trial before US military court, where the whistleblower has reportedly pleaded guilty to providing Wikileaks with confidential military material. But he has denied the charges relating to “aiding the enemy”, which is the most serious of all the charges he faces. Tweets about “#freebrad” The Canadian Progressive href='' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Bradley Manning: 40 cities around globe to protest 1,000th day of imprisonment without trial

PFC Manning, the source of WikiLeaks’ massive expose of U.S. foreign policy,  has been in jail without for close to 1 000 days. By Nathan Fuller | Bradley Manning Support Network, Feb. 15, 2013: PFC Bradley Manning has been in jail awaiting trial for nearly 1,000 days for exposing war crimes, corruption, and widespread abuse. href='' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: “We Steal Secrets”: The Story of WikiLeaks (VIDEO)

by Guest Blogger | Jan 27, 2013: Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney discusses his new documentary, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” with Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now!  The film examines the key players involved in the whistleblowing website’s release of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The href='' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Justice Delayed For Bradley Manning (VIDEO)

Via RTAmerica: “On Wednesday, Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was in Fort Meade, MD where his pre-trial hearings continued. Manning’s court-martial was originally scheduled to begin in March, but now justice for PFC Manning will have to wait longer. A military judge has pushed back the start date to June 3, at which point href='' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

drive-by planet: Video (full speech) of Assange 2012 Christmas address: WikiLeaks has ‘over a million docs prepared for release’ in 2013

On Thursday WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange delivered a Christmas address from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy. He said “… despite the extra-judicial banking blockade, which circles WikiLeaks like the Cuban embargo, despite an unprecedented criminal investigation and a campaign to damage and destroy my organization, 2012 has been a huge year.”

Assange announced that plans are in the works to release up to one million new secret government documents in 2013 that would affect “Every country in this world.”

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Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Anonymous: The Betrayal Of Wikileaks

Last week, the hacktivist collective Anonymous dumped WikiLeaks. Anonymous accuses WikiLeaks’ beleagured  founder Julian Assange of turning the whistle-blowing website into a one man “Julian Assange show”. Below is the full text of Anonymous’ statement explaining the divorce: Greetings World – In December of 2010 Anonymous came to the defense of and began supporting the organization WikiLeaks and it’s [...]

Eclectic Lip: Obama regains “Eye of the Tiger” in 2nd Presidential Debate

I missed the first Presidential Debate last week, but gathered from the chatter that Mitt Romney stole a round from a woefully-underprepared President Obama.  The commentary gave the sense that Obama prepared for the event in the way Apollo Creed prepared for the fight in the first Rocky movie.  As Apollo’s trainer told him after the champ got knocked down the first round, “he doesn’t know it’s a damn show, he thinks it’s a damn fight!”

Media leaks even suggest that Obama actually thought he won the debate for most of the next day, until some metaphorical kid burst Continue reading

Canadian Progressive: U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO)

Julian Assange‘s U.S. attorney, Michael Ratner, claims that the U.S. is getting tougher with Bradley Manning hoping to pressure him to testify against the WikiLeaks founder. He tells The Real News Network: They would want him to testify or roll over against Julian. And it’s not me making that up. The lawyer for Bradley Manning, David Coombs, has said openly in court that they are going after Manning with so much toughness, with wanting a 40-year sentence or whatever he said in court, because they want him to testify against Julian Assange. A remarkable story here in some Continue reading

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Julian Assange Rejects Police Order To Surrender (VIDEO)

On Friday, the London Metropolitan Police Service served the WikiLeaks founder with an order to leave the Ecuadorean embassy and surrender to a central London police station. In the video below, a supporter of Assange reads his defiant statement. Assange “is wanted for questioning by the Swedish authorities, but fears he would be extradited from Sweden to the US in connection with WikiLeaks’ publication of leaked US diplomatic cables.”