Update 2/6/12: Trial announcement, Nobel Peace Prize nomination, Chomsky interview, WL reveals oppression of indigenous peoples
Last Friday General Linnington announced that all of PFC Bradley Manning’s charges would be referred to court martial. Bradley’s trial is expected to take place sometime in the next 120 days.
“This administration owes all Americans an honest explanation for their extraordinary retaliation against Bradley Manning,” said Jeff Paterson, a lead organizer of the Bradley Manning Support Network.
You can read the rest of our statement here.
February 1st 2012 the entire parliamentary group of The Movement of the Icelandic Parliament nominated Private Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. We have reposted the text of their nomination as presented by MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir on our site here. Here is a video of Birgitta explaining the nomination:
Also on Saturday, P.J. Crowley tweeted about Bradley’s case. P.J. Crowley is the State Department Spokesperson who had to resign after calling Bradley Manning’s 8 months of solitary confinement at Quantico, VA “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” He had this to say about the referral of all of Bradley’s charges to court martial:
While P.J. Crowley is not 100% a Bradley Manning supoprter, it’s telling that someone with significant insider knowledge and some remaining loyalty to the Obama Administration must concede with the Bradley Manning Support Network’s point that the “Aiding the enemy” charge is completely unfounded.
Public intellectual Noam Chomsky was interviewed last week about his support for WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning. Watch the interview below:
Rock-n-roll hall of famer Graham Nash released a song a couple of months ago commemorating Bradley Manning and his mistreatment at Quantico, VA. The song, “Almost Gone,” is now available for listen online in an audio-only format: Almost Gone -Graham Nash
A blog dedicated to Indigenous People’s and Human Rights, Censored News, learned a lot from WikiLeaks. The authors posted a thorough list at the end of December, 2011 describing how the WikiLeaked cables attributed to PFC Bradley Manning have revealed that the U.S. State Department has on multiple occasions in recent years secretly worked to undermine advocacy efforts of indigenous rights groups. For example:
The United States worked behind the scenes to fight the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In Ecuador, the US established a program to dissuade Ecuador from supporting the Declaration. In Iceland, the US Embassy said Iceland’s support was an “impediment” to US/Iceland relations at the UN. In Canada, the US said the US and Canada agreed the Declaration was headed for a “train wreck.”
You can read more here.
On February 4th, activists in Munich, Germany rallied in support of PFC Manning. In attendance as speakers were Malalai Joya of Afghanistan, GI resister André Shepherd, and Gerry Condon of Veterans For Peace.
A supporter created the image below based on an article we published last week entitled Punishing the messenger while murderers go free.