Update 7/28/11: UN Access Call-In Day Success, Bradley is nominated for another award…
Yesterday, the Bradley Manning Support Network launched a national Call-In Day to the White House and Secretary of the Army to urge President Obama and Secretary of the Army John McHugh to respect the UN Convention Against Torture and to allow UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez to conduct an official visit with Bradley Manning. Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink, Witness Against Torture, Veterans for Peace, Firedoglake, Reddit WikiLeaks followers, and other Bradley Manning Support Network allies all participated in the call. The White House switchboard was reported busy throughout the day, and the Secretary of the Army mailbox was filled with our messages. Do you still want to participate? It’s not too late. Many people have chosen to call today or leave a message on the White House comments line: Link.
Bradley Manning, LulzSec, Anonymous, and other figures in the “hackvisit” movement have been nominated for the Pwnie Award, which is an internet-based award for various achievements online the past year. The judging panel is made up of security researchers like Dave Goldsmith, Mark Dowd, Dino Dai Zovi, HD Moore, Dave Aitel, Halvar Flake, Alexander Sotirov and Ralf-Philipp Weinmanns.
The Guardian reflects on their choice to partner with Wikileaks and recaps some of the biggest Wikileaks revelations, including torture, the bombing of civilians, and extreme corruption. It refers to Bradley Manning’s alleged leaking as “revolutionary,” and the facts of what have been exposed speak for themselves: intentional killing of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, the bribing of officials in North Africa, and the United State’s economic abuses in the Caribbean. The Guardian believes that journalism itself is forever altered by Bradley and Wikileaks.
The New South Wales Parliament is being lobbied by Bradley supporters in Australia. This op-ed states that Bradley Manning’s human rights have been violated in American custody and that all states should be condemning his overt mistreatment, and “what may appear to be rules of law about guilt or innocence are inseparable from social attitudes to punishment at one end of a continuum to ideals of humanitarianism at the other. The middle of this continuum is now peppered with discussion whether inhumane treatment of Manning in custody disqualifies a government’s claims that the defendant could receive a fair trial.”
It also points out that acts taken by the Obama Administration could further taint Manning’s ability to get a fair trial, and that his friends that have faced repression should also bee defended. Bradley, in their view, acted courageously because he “exposed war crimes, such as the casual taking of life in Iraq and Afghanistan. The WikiLeaks disclosures have been a catalyst for the revolutions across the Middle East. He has exposed the government’s obsession with secrecy and the consequent over classification of public documents. Manning, Julian Assange and his colleagues have been doing the job which journalists could have performed if they had been more diligent, if their attitudes had not been so influenced by and tied up with establishment views.”