Chelsea Manning Support Network in the News


Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, jailed for 35 yrs, receives a family visit to prison + the Sam Adams Award

February 24, 2014

The Private Manning Family Fund was set up to support Manning’s Welsh-Irish family with the cost of prison visits to Leavenworth, Kansas. The family has previously self-funded four trips to the US but this time all flights were paid for by PMFF. We feel this is one practical way we can show our solidarity with Manning here in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. Last week, Manning was awarded in absentia the Sam Adams Prize for Integrity in Intelligence at the Oxford Union.

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WikiLeaks trial is high-profile case for low-profile lawyer

June 7, 2013

“Though Coombs’ name was unfamiliar to the public, and even to the defense bar at large, he had built a reputation as a meticulous and thoughtful attorney among his Army colleagues.

‘He’s probably one of the most organized attorneys I’ve ever seen,’ said Jonathan Crisp, a Pennsylvania attorney who worked alongside Coombs as a judge advocate general. ‘I guarantee he’s probably read every piece of evidence. Some attorneys will wing it – he’s definitely not in that category.'”

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HOLLYWOOD CELEBS: ‘I AM BRADLEY MANNING’

June 4, 2013

On Tuesday, Hollywood celebrities released a teaser video defending alleged traitorous soldier Private Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking classified documents to Julian Assange of Wikileaks.

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Photos: Supporters of Bradley Manning Rally At Fort Meade

June 3, 2013

Supporters of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gathered outside Fort Meade in Maryland this weekend to protest the Wikileaks leaker’s imprisonment.

Nearly 2,000 people rallied Saturday to support the whistleblower, according to a news release. Speakers at the event included Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers, and former Army lieutenant Dan Choi, a strong opponent of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

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Court-martial for Pfc. Bradley Manning shrouded in secrecy…

“One of the pretrial hearings was closed to the public. Many court documents have been withheld or heavily redacted. Photographers were blocked from getting a good shot of the soldier and even some of Manning’s supporters had to turn their T-shirts inside out.

Military law experts say some of it is common for a court-martial, while other restrictions appear tailored to the extraordinary nature of the case, which has garnered an outpouring of support from whistleblowers, activists and others around the world.”

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Guest opinion: LGBT supporters of Bradley Manning

May 2, 2013

“Recently, it was announced that PFC Bradley Manning would be a grand marshal of the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration. We felt this decision was a bold and uplifting choice, bestowing a great honor on a young whistleblower being persecuted for following his conscience.”

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Whistleblower Bradley Manning nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

April 3, 2013

Heavyweights like filmmaker Oliver Stone have taken up the cause on social media.

“Whistleblower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Stone tweeted last week. “Let’s make sure he receives it.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 36,000 people had signed an online petition organized by RootsAction, which describes itself as “an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection — and defunding endless wars.”

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The Trials of Bradley Manning

March 14, 2013

“And so began Manning’s journey through the exceedingly murky realm of military pretrial detention, a nearly three-year ordeal punctuated by months of legalized torture, not unlike what enemy detainees endured at Guantánamo Bay. Though not the standard treatment for U.S. soldiers, even those accused of war crimes, Obama administration officials deemed it “appropriate” for Manning, who, in many regards, “ceased to be a ‘soldier’ from the moment he crossed the line and revealed the secrets of the war,” observes Kristine Huskey, the director of the Anti-Torture Program at Physicians for Human Rights. “In doing that, he became, in effect, the ‘enemy.’ And once you’re the enemy, you can be subject to treatment that is not for people on our side.”

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Attorney for Alleged WikiLeaks Source Discusses Case

December 3, 2012

“Army PFC Bradley Manning’s civilian defense lawyer, David Coombs, spoke to an audience in Washington D.C. on the alleged “unlawful pretrial punishment” that PFC Manning was subjected to for nine months while at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. He also provided an overview of the defense motions before the court and other facts regarding the U.S. v. Manning case.”

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60 Pro-Bradley Manning Protestors Disrupt Obama’s Oakland Headquarters

August 17, 2012

“At least 60 protesters showed up on the doorstep of the Barack Obama campaign headquarters in Oakland Thursday night, where they demanded the freedom ofBradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks.”

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