Update 6/22/12: Military upholds secrecy, play for Bradley in Exeter, and an NYC event
Yet again, the military rejects transparency in Bradley Manning’s case. After several other requests were denied, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), WikiLeaks, and several media figures filed a legal petition urging public access to all records in PFC Bradley Manning’s case. Yesterday, the Army Court of Appeals rejected that petition in a one-line response, maintaining that the availability of FOIA requests affords sufficient public access. According to the AP, the CCR “says it will appeal the ruling to the military’s highest court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington.”
WISE Up reviews ‘desert,’ a play in Exeter about Bradley Manning. The short play tells Bradley’s story by linking it to “somebody who, like many of us, has been seized by the story of the 22 year old US army intelligence analyst accused of leaking the massive cache of documents contained in the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, the Guantanamo Files, the State Dept Documents and the infamous ‘Collateral Murder’ video, transferring the data whilst ‘lip-synching to Lady Gaga’ on his computer in the forward operating base in Iraq.” The play will tour in 2013 and update as the court martial unfolds this fall. (Read more…)
The Brecht Forum’s final Manning Monday will take place on June 25, 2012. The Brecht Forum has been hosting events on Mondays through June delving into various issues surrounding Bradley Manning’s case. This week’s was ‘Bradley Manning, Military Resistance, and the Left,’ which we wrote about here.
On Monday, June 25, for those in the New York area who can’t make it down to Bradley’s one-day motion hearing in Ft. Meade, the Brecht Forum is hosting its final Manning Monday event: ‘Manning, Motions, and the Media.’ The Support Network’s Emma Cape, CCR lawyer Shayana Kadidal, and CMJ’s Betty Yu will talk about media coverage of Bradley, the legal proceedings so far, and the implications of the “aiding the enemy” charge.