Watch: Celebrities, Journalists, Activists Defend Whistleblower Bradley Manning

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As U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning faces his court-martial for leaking 700,000 documents to the website WikiLeaks, celebrities and supporters have released a video in a show of solidarity with the whistleblower.

Among the faces in the video are entertainers Maggie Gyllenhaal, Russell Brand and Wallace Shawn; director Oliver Stone; musicians Moby and Tom Morello; author Alice Walker; and Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.

“It’s an absurd charge,” Ellsberg says in the video. “I was Bradley Manning.”

“If you know nothing about Bradley Manning, you should find out,” Morello, a Harvard political science major turned anti-establishment rock star, says at the end of the video. “And then you should help me bust him out of jail.”
 
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The video directs viewers to the website iam.bradleymanning.org, where they make the case for Manning’s release:

Amidst courtroom secrecy, whistleblower and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning is on trial after three years of confinement.

The information that Bradley gave to the public has been a catalyst for pro-democracy movements in the Arab world, exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, shown us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever.

There is no evidence that anyone died as a result of the leaked information, yet Bradley faces life in prison or possibly death. The greatest charge against him is that of “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense. As the public who benefited from this information, does that make us the enemy? What price will future whistleblowers pay?

Do you support Manning, or feel he should be further disciplined? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  • Vigilant

    Libertarians, welcome to Sam Rolley’s progressivist political views. It’s a wonder he didn’t plug the OWS crowd, because that’s exactly the anti-establishment propaganda he’s presented. Anarchy, communism and Libertarianism are different things, much as that may pain some Libertarians to hear it.

    Some high-profile names on that video? Hugo Chavez-loving Oliver Stone and communist Tom Morello. Wallace Shawn and Alice Walker, progressives to a “T.” I’m not aware that anyone on that list would categorize themselves as Libertarian.

    This is by no means ad hominem. It reveals the motives of these people in defending a “whistleblower” who clearly broke the law and deserves to be punished for it. Progressives are well known for their disdain of law and order, and rising to defense of a traitor is proof of it.

    Call Bradley a traitor or a hero, it doesn’t matter. He was fully aware of the penalties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice when he transmitted over 700,000 documents for publication. Unless he read every one of those 700,000 documents, there’s no defense for his actions, which were clearly and indiscriminately to embarrass the US for the sake of embarrassment and nothing else.

    Now bring it on, progressives. Tell me that the anti-espionage and divulging of classified information laws are unjust and should be disobeyed with impunity. Tell me that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the Walker brothers and Robert Hanssen were noble civic-minded “heroes.”

    It was the actions of those people that generated the anti-espionage laws. No low-level enlisted idiot has the intelligence, maturity and objectivity to decide on his own what’s good and what’s not good for his country when it comes to classified information.

    And you who extol Constitutionalism one day and encourage breaking of the law the next are not Libertarians. Understand that civil disobedience is one thing, taking responsibility for breaking the law is another. The essence of the Constitution is “rule of law.” Champion Manning if you will, but understand that the laws under which he will be prosecuted are Constitutional in every respect.

    • Sean Bell

      And you trust our government to decide what is safe for us to know? You also probably believe that Obama and Bush were trampling the Constitution to keep us safe. How can this be when the greatest threat any citizen faces in protecting their liberty is from their own government? The whistle-blowers are the only reason we have the slightest clue of the various travesties that our country has been implementing against us.

      • Vigilant

        “And you trust our government to decide what is safe for us to know?” That’s called a straw man argument, putting words in my mouth, as was your following assumption.

        I repeat, since you probably didn’t comprehend it the first time: “Champion Manning if you will, but understand that the laws under which he will be prosecuted are Constitutional in every respect.”

        It is I, not you, who is upholding the Constitution and the UCMJ.
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        • Wellarmed

          No low-level enlisted idiot has the intelligence, maturity and
          objectivity to decide on his own what’s good and what’s not good for his
          country when it comes to classified information.

          Speak for yourself please. Based on the information leaked it was fairly evident that our government was knowingly committing atrocities against humanity under the guise of defending freedom. Do you have no honor? Are you telling me and everyone else reading these posts that the American people are incapable of determining when our government is committing war crimes?

          PFC Manning honored his oath to his country, and the UCMJ is not the supreme law of this land. If he [PFC Manning] had remained silent in the face of the unspeakable atrocities that our government was and still is committing, then I would have no problem considering him to not only being a war criminal, but a traitor to his country and its founding principals.

          He is a hero in my book, as is Mr. Snowden. If our government was truly operating with honor then there should never have been a need for these young men to feel compelled to release this information in the first place.

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