Update 2/5/13: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP, to visit in support of Bradley Manning
Supporters around the world are rising up in protest of Bradley Manning’s 1,000th day in prison without trial. Read more about the call to action, then find events in your area and/or organize your own!
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic parliament, will be flying to the US in support of Bradley Manning. However her lawyers have recommended that she not fly to the US, based on the chance that she may be further persecuted for her support of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, and Bradley Manning. In the past the Department of Justice subpoenaed Jonsdottir, forcing Twitter to passover her social media communications as part of their investigation into WikiLeaks. She also asserts that the FBI hacked into her personal computer. She will travel to the US in support of Bradley Manning sometime in April. (Read more…)
The United States government was embarrassed last week when news broke that FBI agents had, without any approval of Iceland, tried to conduct investigations in the country in August 2011. When the Interior Minister learned of them, they were sent home, and police were ordered to cease collaboration with the FBI. Should anyone be questioned, he ordered it be done by Icelandic police. (Read more…)
Julian Assange discussed the fact Bradley Manning will soon have spent 1,000 days in prison without trial, as part of the speech he wrote to accept the “Courage Award 2013” awarded to him by Yoko Ono Lennon. Michael Ratner, of the Center for Constitutional Rights, delivered Assange’s speech. Assange also mentioned Aaron Swartz, the information activist and supporter of Manning who recently committed suicide after being aggressively and unreasonably persecuted by the Department of Justice for hacking into a database of scholarly articles in hopes of making academic research more accessible. Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg also attended the event and stated that he hoped Bradley Manning and Julian Assange would win the next Nobel Peace Prize. (Read more…)