Private Bradley Manning, a 23-year-old intelligence analyst with the US Army, stands accused of disclosing a classified video of American troops shooting Iraqi civilians from a helicopter, as well as the State Department cables that have helped bring transparency to governments and spark democratic uprisings in the Middle East and the war logs that have brought us the truth about war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has now been charged with "aiding the enemy" by the Department of Defense, a crime that is punishable by death.
If spared this cruel sentence, Manning would still face life in prison without parole. He is held inside his cell for 23 hours a day under constant surveillance. The conditions of his imprisonment recently sparked a probe by the UN special commision on torture.
The whistleblower behind the Vietnam era’s Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a “hero,” yet this administration is bent on charging him with dozens of unjust charges.
We believe that without the efforts of people who risk prosecution to reveal the truth, the information we need to hold our government accountable may never be made public.
Join us in demanding humane treatment for Bradley Manning, and that this administration drop the unjust charge of "aiding the enemy."
Pfc. Bradley Manning has just been served with 22 new charges by the Department of Defense, including "aiding the enemy," a crime punishable by death.
Who exactly is “the enemy?” The cables that Manning is accused of leaking have helped spark democratic uprising across the Arab world. They have brought us the truth about the cost of our continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they have given us a critical look at the underpinnings of our own government. They have created transparency beyond any we had before, and allow us as citizens to make more educated decisions. Of all the beneficiaries of the leaked cables, Democracy itself is the greatest.
This administration must work to ensure that Pfc. Bradley Manning is treated humanely. Manning has already been held for over nine months in solitary confinement. His current conditions have been deplorable enough to spark an investigation by the UN special commission on torture.
Lastly, this administration must investigate the war crimes evidence revealed by WikiLeaks.
It is time to show true leadership by upholding the values of human rights and international law instead of opposing justice and accountability.