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.”
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?
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