July 15, 2015. First Look Media and Glenn Greenwald offering up to $60,000 in matching funds! The Chelsea Manning Support Network applauds this new crowd-funding effort. It comes at a critical time, as we struggle to fund the legal team’s uninterrupted preparation for Chelsea’s upcoming appeal.Read more »
May 27, 2015. Today marks 5 years since Chelsea Manning was ordered into military confinement. In her latest Guardian op-ed, Chelsea speaks on why she chose to disclose information to the public and what her life has been like since.Read more »
May 6, 2015. Chelsea Manning's latest op-ed for The Guardian, "We’re citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear,” calls for a media shield law and more government transparency.Read more »
May 7, 2015. A day after her Guardian op-ed about increasing freedom of information and government transparency, Chelsea Manning proposes her own "Bill to Re-Establish the National Integrity and to Protect Freedom of Speech, and the Freedom of the Press."Read more »
July 15, 2015. Journalist, constitutional lawyer, and best-selling author Glenn Greenwald announced today that he's personally offering $10,000 in support of a new crowd-funding effort to pay for Chelsea's legal fees.Read more »
July 13, 2015. This summary covers the time period of July 2010 through December 2013—from the establishment of the Chelsea Manning Defense Fund and Support Network, through the completion of the US Army court martial trial US v. Manning.Read more »
June 24, 2015. Thirty of the San Francisco Bay Area's most active progressive organizations have come together to support the Chelsea Manning contingent in the 2015 SF Pride Parade, including the SF Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW).Read more »
March 24, 2015. STATE OF THE ARTS features The United States vs. Chelsea Manning, a graphic novel illustrating Wikileaks whistleblower Manning's court-martial, currently on display at Rutgers University.Read more »
March 13, 2015. Bloomberg Politics' March 10th article on Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning: her court-martial, her NYT & Guardian op-eds, trans justice, and her upcoming legal appeals.Read more »
Feb 20, 2014. The military refused a motion to use female pronouns & refer to Chelsea Manning by her legal name in the the appeals process. Read appellate lawyers Nancy Hollander & Vincent Ward's complete reply.Read more »
Because the public deserves the truth and whistle-blowers deserve protection.
We are military veterans, journalists, educators, homemakers, lawyers, students, and citizens.
We ask you to consider the facts and free US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.
As an Intelligence Analyst stationed in Iraq, Pvt. Manning had access to some of America’s dirtiest secrets--crimes such as torture, illegal surveillance, and corruption—often committed in our name. Manning acted on conscience alone, with selfless courage and conviction, and gave these secrets to us, the public.
“I believed that if the general public had access to the information contained within the [Iraq and Afghan War Logs] this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy,” Manning explained to the military court. “I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan were targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare.”
Journalists used these documents to uncover many startling truths. We learned:
• Donald Rumsfeld and General Petraeus helped support torture in Iraq.
• Deliberate civilian killings by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan went unpunished.
• Thousands of civilian casualties were never acknowledged publicly.
• Most Guantanamo detainees were innocent.
For service on behalf of an informed democracy, Manning was sentenced by military judge Colonel Denise Lind to a devastating 35 years in prison. Government secrecy has grown exponentially during the past decade, but more secrecy does not make us safer when it fosters unaccountability.
Pvt. Manning was convicted of Espionage Act charges for providing WikiLeaks with this information, but the prosecutors noted that they would have done the same had the information been given to The New York Times. Prosecutors did not show that enemies used this information against the U.S., or that the releases resulted in any casualties.
Pvt. Manning has already been punished, even in violation of military law. She has been:
· Held in confinement since May 29, 2010.
· Subjected to illegal punishment amounting to torture for nearly nine months at Quantico Marine Base, Virginia, in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 13—facts confirmed by both the United Nation’s lead investigator on torture and military judge Col. Lind.
· Denied a speedy trial in violation of UCMJ, Article 10, having been imprisoned for over three years before trial.
· Denied anything resembling a fair trial when prosecutors were allowed to change the charge sheet to match evidence presented, and enter new evidence, after closing arguments.
Pvt. Manning believed you, Mr. President, when you came into office promising the most transparent administration in history, and that you would protect whistle-blowers. We urge you to start upholding those promises, beginning with this American prisoner of conscience.
We urge you to grant Pvt. Manning’s petition for a Presidential Pardon.