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Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and Afghanistan - US Citizen in Guantanamo

Wilber W.
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Wilber W.
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Bradley Manning- US Citizen in Guantanamo
22 year old US intelligence officer held illegally in a Guantanamo
http://www.bradleyman...­

Bradley Manning must be charged or released and brought before a civil court within the United States.

Bradley Manning Supporters mailing list
Because true heroism merits no punishment
Mike Gogulski on July 7th, 2010
http://www.bradleyman...­
http://lists.bradleym...­

Friends,

I’ve set up an email list for supports of Bradley Manning who want to get active in making a real campaign happen.

Visit http://lists.bradleym...­ and add yourself today!

The charges – a quick analysis
http://www.bradleyman...­
Mike Gogulski on July 6th, 2010

Contact Bradley!
Inmate: Bradley Manning
3247 Elrod Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134
USA

Brig phone: +1 (703)432-6154
Brig fax: +1 (703)784-4242

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sa...­


Bradley Manning transferred to Virginia amid WikiLeaks probe http://bit.ly/9Jf6fq...­ #wikileaks #freemanning about 22 hours ago from web
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Military transfers Manning to Quantico, VA
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From: Woods, Bryan MAJ USD-C Deputy PAO [mailto:bryan.woods@mnd-b.army.mil]

Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 11:23 PM

Subject: RELEASE #. 20100729-001: Military transfers PFC Manning (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Attached is a Press Release providing an update to the PFC Manning case.

v/r

MAJ Woods

USD-C Deputy PAO

PRESS RELEASE #. 20100729-001

Date: July 29, 2010

Military Transfers Manning

1AD, USD-C

BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. Army officials transferred PFC Bradley Manning from the Theater Field Confinement Facility in Kuwait to the Marine Corps Base Quantico Brig in Quantico, Virginia, on July 29. Manning remains in pretrial confinement pending an Article 32 investigation into the charges preferred against him on July 5. Manning was transferred because of the potential for lengthy continued pretrial confinement given the complexity of the charges and ongoing investigation. The field confinement facility in Kuwait is designed for short-term confinement.

The criminal investigation remains open. Preferral of charges represents an accusation only; Manning is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The case will be processed in accordance with normal procedures under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

With this transfer to Quantico, Manning is now under the General Courts-Martial Convening Authority of Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, the commander of U. S. Army Military District of Washington. Manning will remain in pre-trial confinement as the Army continues its investigation.

An Article 32 investigation is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing or a preliminary hearing. The investigating officer will make findings and recommendations that the chain of command considers in determining whether to recommend the case be referred to trial by court-martial.

-30-

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,591


Bradley Manning- US Citizen in Guantanamo
22 year old US intelligence officer held illegally in a Guantanamo
http://www.bradleyman...­

Bradley Manning must be charged or released and brought before a civil court within the United States.

Bradley Manning Supporters mailing list
Because true heroism merits no punishment
Mike Gogulski on July 7th, 2010
http://www.bradleyman...­
http://lists.bradleym...­

Bradley Manning legal defense fund
http://www.couragetor...­
http://www.bradleyman...­

The Network, a grassroots initiative formed to defend and support accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, has partnered with Courage to Resist, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting military objectors.

The charges – a quick analysis
http://www.bradleyman...­
http://www.bradleyman...­
Mike Gogulski on July 6th, 2010

Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst stationed in Iraq, stands accused of disclosing a classified video depicting American troops shooting civilians from an Apache helicopter in 2007. Eleven adults are killed in the video, including two Reuters employees, and two children critically injured. The video, available at www.collateralmurder.com, was published by WikiLeaks on April 5, 2010. No charges have been filed against the soldiers in the video.

Bradley Manning faces up to 52 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him.

While news sources have speculated about Manning’s involvement in a new leak of over 90,000 secret documents (collectively known as the Afghanistan “war logs”) made public by WikiLeaks on Sunday, no charges regarding this recent breach have been filed.

As of this writing, Manning has not yet chosen a civilian attorney to defend him in the expected trial.

Legal defense in this case will be particularly expensive because any legal team will most likely need a background in military law and the flexibility to travel overseas for the trial as well as secret security clearance.

“We have heard from the family and the military lawyers assigned to Bradley that the cost of his defense will be significant,” said Mike Gogulski, an online activist and founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network. “We are also concerned that Bradley may choose his legal counsel based on his available funds. If he fears his family will absorb the cost of the trial, he might choose a less experienced, less expensive attorney. We’re very concerned about the ramifications of such a decision.”

The Bradley Manning Support Network estimates between $50,000 and $200,000 in legal fees and expenses will be needed to mount a vigorous defense on behalf of Manning. They have also indicated that WikiLeaks, who published and promoted the Collateral Murder video, has promised a significant donation to Manning’s defense.

“If Manning is the source of the video, then he did what he had to do to expose a possible war crime. So regardless, he’s wrongly imprisoned and we want to do everything possible to support him,” said Jeff Paterson, Project Director of Courage to Resist. “I know from past experience working with military objectors that public support and the right civilian defense team can be the difference between an administrative separation and years in the stockade.”

Contact Bradley!
Inmate: Bradley Manning
3247 Elrod Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134
USA

Brig phone: +1 (703)432-6154
Brig fax: +1 (703)784-4242

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sa...­

Jeff Paterson, Media Relations
press@bradleymanning.org
+1 (202) 640-4388
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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London, GB
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Because true heroism merits no punishment



Bradley Manning- US Citizen in Guantanamo
22 year old US intelligence officer held illegally in a Guantanamo
http://www.bradleyman...­

Bradley Manning must be charged or released and brought before a civil court within the United States.

World History Before Our Eyes
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Two men of very divergent walks of life have been irrevocably connected on the stage of world history.

One is 22-year-old US Army intelligence analyst, Pfc. (formerly SPC) Bradley Manning who allegedly leaked a secret video and classified military information to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, was arrested by the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command in May 2010 and is currently held in US military detention in Kuwait facing numerous charges.

The other is Julian Assange, the daring co-founder and prominent spokesperson for WikiLeaks. Dubbed by some as “the most dangerous man in the world” and by others as a super-hero of the truth movement, Julian Assange remains highly active despite having to step up his personal security measures since the Manning arrest so as to elude “prosecution or worse”.

The leaked video, published by WikiLeaks in April 2010 under the title “Collateral Murder“, shows an American attack helicopter gunning down Iraqi civilians and a Reuters camera crew in Baghdad in 2007.

Like a large stone thrown into a great pool, this significant leak is creating numerous and wide-ranging ripples.

Ripple One: It has caused a wave of public outrage, internationally but particularly within the United States, over US militarism, demonstrating the power of leaked classified material to fuel civil activism for a more just and peaceful world.

Ripple Two: A “Supporters of Bradley Manning” group has been started, bringing together a high power international team with skills and networks from independent media, law, IT and peace activism, furthering what were reportedly Manning’s hopes that the release of the videos and documents would lead to “worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms”.

Ripple Three: Significant mainstream media attention on the combat video leak brought its publisher, WikiLeaks, into the limelight. As a result, the word is out. That there exists an international public service called WikiLeaks, run by a collective of journalists and activists, that web-publishes leaked secret documents and media. That WikiLeaks protects its sources (using the most sophisticated encryption technology and basing their operations in countries such as Sweden and Belgium which have strong source protection laws). That WikiLeaks invites anyone with access to classified or confidential material that rightfully belongs in the public domain to contact them.

The Bradley Manning Support Group can be joined at www.bradleymanning.org

Will we be seeing many, many more coming forward int the manner of Attorney at Law James Ceverney, who wrote in the open email communications of the Support Group: “For a long time I have felt sickened about what is happening in this country, and I have felt guilty that my activism has been minimal. This case, however, touched a nerve in me. For me, this was the last straw. I’m ready to get off my butt and do something, anything I can, to stop this monstrous compounding of injustice upon injustice.”

References for this article include
http://www.bradleyman...­
http://indymedia.org....­
http://en.wikipedia.o...­
http://www.abc.net.au...­
http://www.smh.com.au...­

Bradley Manning Supporters mailing list
Because true heroism merits no punishment
Mike Gogulski on July 7th, 2010
http://www.bradleyman...­
http://lists.bradleym...­

Bradley Manning legal defense fund
http://www.couragetor...­
http://www.bradleyman...­

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sa...­
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,593
Because true heroism merits no punishment



Bradley Manning- US Citizen in Guantanamo
22 year old US intelligence officer held illegally in a Guantanamo
http://www.bradleyman...­

Bradley Manning must be charged or released and brought before a civil court within the United States.

Bradley Manning Supporters mailing list
Because true heroism merits no punishment
Mike Gogulski on July 7th, 2010
http://www.bradleyman...­
http://lists.bradleym...­

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sa...­

Bradley Manning legal defense fund
http://www.couragetor...­
http://www.bradleyman...­

By Jeff Paterson, Project Director of Courage to Resist. July 29, 2010

Answers to questions regarding the Bradley Manning defense fund, including: "Who are his civilian defense lawyers?", "Where should I donate?", "How much is needed?", "Does Manning know the Bradley Manning Support Network is raising money on his behalf?", "How can I donate without using the Internet?", "What is Courage to Resist, why does it support Manning, and what experience does it have doing something like this?", and "What's your deal?"

Is WikiLeaks providing a legal team for Manning? Who are his civilian defense lawyers?

Quick answer: Manning has not yet chosen civilian legal counsel.

Lawyers associated with WikiLeaks approached the US Army in June with the intent of assisting Pfc. Bradley Manning.

The Army has kept Manning in isolation since his arrest on May 29. He has been in pre-trial confinement in Kuwait during this time. This has allowed the Army to intentionally limit Manning’s ability to understand all of the legal defense options available to him.

His appointed military defense JAG (Judge Advocate General) representatives seem to have steered him towards “not making this case a big deal”, and possibly forgoing civilian representation altogether. Besides the military defense JAGs, who are stationed hundreds of miles away from the detention facility, his only other (limited) communications are with a relative.

Only within the last few days have I become somewhat confident that Manning is receiving information regarding the legal representation options available to him. Since we have only recently been able to provide Manning with “really good options”, I’m taking it as a good sign that Manning has not selected his civilian legal defense.

I don't have any information regarding the status or possible future role of the initial WikiLeaks associated lawyers in Manning's defense.

Should I donate to Manning's defense at bradleymanning.org, or at wikileaks.org?

Quick answer: bradleymanning.org (donation page direct link)

Last month WikiLeaks announced that donations towards Manning’s defense could be made via the WikiLeaks website. Since then WikiLeaks has expressed appreciation to the Bradley Manning Support Network for the formation of this grassroots effort dedicated to Manning’s defense, as WikiLeaks has been busy carrying out its primary mission.

Mr. Assange of WikiLeaks has pledged a "significant amount" towards Manning’s legal expenses. I do not know how much WikiLeaks has collected for Manning’s defense; however, it is my assumption that WikiLeaks’ contribution will be significantly more than the donations they received.

I expect WikiLeaks will transfer funds directly to Manning's eventually selected defense counsel. Transferring those funds to the Bradley Manning defense fund hosted by Courage to Resist would incur unnecessary banking and fiscal fees.

How much will the defense fund need to raise?

Quick answer: At least $50k.

Since Manning has not yet selected civilian legal representation, the final legal expenses are still complete conjecture. Based on my experience, the only estimate even remotely possible is $100k to $200k. Aside from WikiLeaks' contribution, I'm certain that this fund will have to raise at least $50k, and probably a bit more.

Key unknowns are: What will be the rate of Manning’s selected representation? How many times will they have to travel to the Middle East for the case, and how long will they have to stay there? Where will they be traveling from? How many expert witnesses will testify, and will they do so in person? Will character witnesses testify? Where will the court martial eventually be held: Kuwait or Iraq or stateside? Will motions be filed in federal court? Not to mention appeals.

All of that assumes that Manning will opt for a vigorous defense at court martial. How much a defense can mount is always in some way related to the financial resources available.

Does Manning know the Bradley Manning Support Network is raising money on his behalf?

Quick answer: Yes.

Based on brief messages via his military JAGs and a relative, I’m confident that Manning is aware that fundraising efforts are being undertaken on his behalf and that he welcomes this support. He also understands this is an important aspect of providing him with a range of legal defense options.

How can I donate without using the Internet?

To donate by check or money order, please make payable to "Courage to Resist" and mail to Courage to Resist, 484 Lake Park Ave #41, Oakland CA 94610. Make sure to note "Bradley Manning Defense" on the memo line.

We can also provide printed remittance envelopes pre-marked for use in fund raising on behalf of the Bradley Manning defense fund. For example, these would be appropriate for passing out at social events.

What is Courage to Resist?

Courage to Resist is an organizing collective comprised of about two dozen concerned community members and military veterans dedicated to supporting military war objectors. We're a program of International Humanities Center, a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. As an organization, we've been doing this kind of work since 2004. Most of our collective members are located on the west coast, but we work on behalf of US military objectors across the US and around the world.

We are not affiliated with any political party or organization. However, we count Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, National Lawyers Guild’s Military Law Task Force, and War Resister League among our allies.

What experience does Courage to Resist have in doing something like this?

Courage to Resist is hosting the defense fund in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network. The primary purpose of this effort is to educate the American public regarding the issues involved in Manning's defense, and legal expenses are a critical aspect of doing so.
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,594
Because true heroism merits no punishment



Bradley Manning- US Citizen in Guantanamo
22 year old US intelligence officer held illegally in a Guantanamo
http://www.bradleyman...­

Bradley Manning must be charged or released and brought before a civil court within the United States.

Bradley Manning Supporters mailing list
Because true heroism merits no punishment
Mike Gogulski on July 7th, 2010
http://www.bradleyman...­
http://lists.bradleym...­

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sa...­

Bradley Manning legal defense fund
http://www.couragetor...­
http://www.bradleyman...­

By Jeff Paterson, Project Director of Courage to Resist. July 29, 2010

Answers to questions regarding the Bradley Manning defense fund,

In addition to the hundreds of individuals Courage to Resist has assisted without fanfare, we have provided public political support and hosted similar defense funds for: Lt. Ehren Watada, Spc. Agustin Aguayo, Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, Sgt. Travis Bishop, Spc. Dustin Stevens, Spc. Marc Hall, Spc. Robin Long, Spc. Victor Agosto, Spc. Tony Anderson, Spc. Ryan Jackson, and Spc. Kyle Snyder, to name a few (each should turn up plenty of hits via Google, YouTube, etc.).

Like those campaigns, we’ll publicly list a running total of donations received, and an estimated total needed as soon as we have some idea what that need is. We will also provide an overview of how the money was spent.

Although Courage to Resist has worked with a number of returning or captured “deserters” who technically could have faced the death penalty at trial, Manning’s situation is admittedly more serious than previous objectors. However, for the most part, I believe the same considerations and issues apply.

Why does Courage to Resist support Manning?

Courage to Resist’s primary mission is to “support the troops who refuse to fight.” However, we realize that troops who speak out and share the realities of war after witnessing or participating have an important role to play in educating the American people. If Bradley Manning is indeed the “WikiLeaks leaker”, he serves our support in this regard. If he is not the individual who courageously exposed this war crime, then he also needs help.

How did you get involved?

As a Marine Corporal, I refused to deploy with my artillery battery in August 1990 in support of the coming attack on Iraq. Like Manning, I was also held in pre-trial confinement for months prior to a politically charged court martial where I faced years of possible imprisonment. Unlike Manning, I had access to, and communication with, a support community which acted as my lifeline in many different ways. Manning deserves the same political and legal support that I had, and I intend to do what I can to this end.
Wilber W.
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Pakistan protest over PM comments
http://www.bbc.co.uk/...­

Pakistani Intelligence officials have canceled a visit to Britain in protest to remarks made by David Cameron about the countries alleged links to terror.

His remarks followed the leaking of US Documents on the Wikileaks website in which Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency was accused of secretly helping the Afghan insurgency.
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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Wikileaks killings: UK troops face legal challenge
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By Channel 4 News
Updated on 02 August 2010

Campaigners have launched a bid to take the Ministry of Defence to court over alleged civilian killings by British forces in Afghanistan, uncovered by Wikileaks. Channel 4 News has obtained the legal letter sent to Defence Secretary Liam Fox

The campaigners are pushing for a full judicial investigation into alleged attacks on Afghan civilians by British forces, made public by Wikileaks' publication of secret US military files.

A legal letter was sent to defence secretary Dr Liam Fox on Friday by lawyer Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers, on behalf of peace campaigner Maya Evans.

The letter, obtained by Channel 4 News, say the attacks on civilians "require to be investigated as suspected war crimes" under international legislation.

Mr Shiner said: "We know that British forces killed many Iraqis in custody so it is not surprising to read about indiscriminate attacks on Afghan civilians.

"It beggars belief that the Ministry of Defence has the arrogance to refuse to explain these documents, let alone initiate a proper investigation.

"This case is designed to make them hold a public investigation."

The letter documents 21 incidents, seemingly a mix of accidental airstrikes and shootings where civilians came too close to military convoys, and warning shots were fired.

It claims the Wikileaks files: "Identify, inter alia, the killing of at least 26 civilians and the wounding of a further 20 civilians in Afghanistan by British forces."

It is understood that the campaigners believe these incidents are the "tip of the iceberg" for civilian deaths in Afghanistan, and any inquiry would have to take into account other deaths.

The incidents listed in the Wikileaks documents, which were effectively a history of the Afghanistan conflict from 2004-2009 detailed in US military cables, have not been disputed by the Ministry of Defence, and as such could provide uncontested evidence for the case.

An MoD spokesman told Channel 4 News it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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DONATE NOW: Bradley Manning Legal Defense Fund
Freedom of Speech Isn't Free...
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Freedom of speech and the right to know, what every American holds precious, are not free~ They must be defended. Thorough brave actions like that of PFC (SPC) Bradley Manning who now faces a combined maximum jail sentence of 52 years for bringing to the public sphere relevant, historical information on just how this Afghanistan war has been conducted in our names over the last 8 years.

Please donate NOW, whatever you can, to the Bradley Manning Legal Defense Fund.

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Wilber W.
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John Pilger on propaganda disguised as journalism
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2007
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We should concern ourselves less with whether Wikileaks is activism or journalism (The shrill cry of declining big print news) and embrace good, accurate information that allows us to make informed choices. Something that this still new medium of the internet is only beginning to find it's uses for.

24 Aug 2007



Award-winning journalist and documentary-maker John Pilger shares his thoughts on the 'propaganda disguised as journalism' in the media, and its role in propagating the war in Iraq and deteriorating situation with Iran.

Further - citing the British Government's decision to hand over the Chagos Islands to the Americans (for use as an air base) and the deaths of nearly one million Iraqi civilians in the 'war on terror' - he notes how civil liberties are being eroded at home and abroad.

This video was kindly provided by The Edinburgh International Book Festival


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