Update 4/3/12: “The Passion of Bradley Manning,” and writing letters to Bradley
Book on Bradley Manning is reviewed for Antiwar.com. As PFC Bradley Manning’s case moves further along the path to a court martial, books about the accused whistle-blower are emerging. Last week, The Nation’s Greg Mitchell and FireDogLake’s Kevin Gosztola paired up for a book on Bradley and the legal injustices he’s battled so far. Next month, Denver Nicks’ “Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History” comes out.
Now civil rights lawyer Chase Madar has a new book called “The Passion of Bradley Manning,” in which he argues that if Bradley did release documents to WikiLeaks, he did so out of political courage in the pursuit of justice. Kelley Vlahos reviews the book for Antiwar.com. She quotes Madar’s contention that the WikiLeaks-released documents belong in the public sphere:
“We need to know what our government’s commitments are. Our foreign policy elites have clearly demonstrated they cannot be left to their own devices …Thanks to the whistleblowing revelations attributed to Bradley Manning, we have a far clearer picture of what our country is doing,” Madar writes, going so far as to say this was a “gift to the republic,” deserving of a Medal of Freedom, and not the 50 years-to-life sentence (which Manning could receive) in a federal brig.
The book is officially out next week, April 11 – which is also opening day for the Wales play, “The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning,’ which looks at Bradley’s adolescence. (Read more…)
Bradley receives mail in Virginia, even though he’s currently in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. As WiseUpForBradleyManning reminds us, following the military’s refusal to disclose Bradley’s location, you can still write to Bradley in Virginia. We now know that Bradley has been moved back to Kansas, until his next court appearance April 24, but the military still directs mail to the Virginia address:
Commander, HHC USAG
Attn: PFC Manning
239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417
JBM-HH, VA 22211
Write to Bradley today – send him a message of solidarity and support!
Supporter in Spain writes with thoughts on Bradley Manning and American justice.
“My name is Temple. I’m a performance artist, musician and video producer from Spain. I support Bradley because the world deserves to know when governments commit crime, and the American people deserve to know what is done in their name. I too believed Obama when he said there would be change. I believed him when he said he explicitly would defend whistle blowers. The people deserve to see he lied. And all people who serve their country and risk their lives deserve due process and and a presumption of innocence as much as any other citizen in the free world. There can be no fair trial once the president has declared someone guilty before trial. There is no option now but dropping all charges.”
You can always send in your photo to iam.bradleymanning.org.