Last week I spent two days in court for a pretrial motions hearing in the court martial of Bradley Manning, the private accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks that showed widespread unethical and illegal behavior by the Department of Defense and State Department. Manning has suffered the fate the Queen put on Alice when she was in Wonderland, ” Sentence first — verdict afterwards. ” By the time his court martial is actually held he will have been incarcerated for more than two years, one of those years was spent in solitary confinement. But, that is only one of many obvious injustices Manning is being subjected to.
Court martial expected in early May
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. February 13, 2012
The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.
Pacific Northwest Jan/Feb events presented by Jeff Paterson
By John Grant (photos by John Grant), In the Mind Field. December 18, 2011
Photos of Bradley, the vigil and rally, and courtroom sketches from the pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade
Saturday, December 17th was Bradley Manning’s 24th birthday, and at least 300 supporters gathered outside Fort Meade, Maryland, where the military was in its second day of a preliminary hearing process that’s expected to take about a week. Manning worked in military intelligence and is alleged to have released military secrets to WikiLeaks, which released the material publicly.
After collecting at the main gate, Manning supporters set off for a two-mile march to a gate nearer the military hearing site. The group was quite spirited and, despite Anne Arundel County Police efforts to keep marchers on the sidewalk, insisted on taking up a lane of the street. The police wisely did not attempt to stop them and there were no problems.
Legal team for Army PFC Bradley Manning fights for fair deal at pre-trial “Article 32” hearing, supporters rally
Jeff Paterson, December 12, 2011
Lead lawyer for accused WiliLeaks whistle-blower US Army PFC Bradley Manning, attorney David Coombs released the defense’s witness list for his pre-trial hearing, known as an “Article 32” hearing in military lingo, last week. On December 16th, PFC Manning may finally get his first day in court following his arrest in May 2010. The pre-trial phase is scheduled to begin at Fort Meade, just northeast of Washington DC, and last through December 22nd. The witness list represents an expansive range of 48 witnesses that offer significant insight into the brewing legal battle.
From Emma Cape, Bradley Manning Support Network & Courage to Resist organizer. December 1, 2011
A few days ago we finally got word that PFC Bradley Manning’s first day in court will be Friday, December 16th at Fort Meade in the Washington DC area. Our campaign team has spent months preparing for this announcement. On Saturday, December 17th--Bradley’s 24th birthday--we’re gathering hundreds of friends at the Fort Meade Main Gate to rally for Bradley and speak out against his injust imprisonment. We’ve been working on event announcements, press calls, and recruiting speakers. U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, and LGBT veteran Lt. Dan Choi will be joining us, along with Iraq War veterans, representatives from local labor and teachers unions, Occupy Movement activists, and supporters like you. It is deeply inspiring to watch so many different Americans coming together to send a strong message to our political and military leaders. December 17th is a day of solidarity with Bradley with dozens of events planned internationally for those that can’t make it to Fort Meade. If Bradley released this information about government corruption and military war crimes, he is a whistle-blower who deserves to be freed.
By Courage to Resist. November 24, 2011
Last week the Army finally set a pre-trial hearing date for Bradley Manning, the heroic soldier accused of releasing information to WikiLeaks. Vigils and rallies are planned for the Fort Meade Main Gate, located between Washington DC and Baltimore MD, on Friday, December 16th, and Saturday, December 17th--Bradley's 24th birthday. December 17th is also an International Day of Solidarity with Bradley, with scores of actions nationally and worldwide. For more information, including how to donate to the Bradley Manning Support Network, please visit: www.bradleymanning.org
Photo above: Supporters rally and march in response to pre-trial news, San Francisco 11/22/11. Additional photos.
Over 50 fundraising dinner parties and BBQ's for Bradley Manning, accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower, are planned for Sept. 9th and 10th around the world. It's not to late to gather your friends and host your own!
By David Coombs, attorney for Bradley Manning. June 28, 2011
It has been a little over two months since PFC Manning was moved from Quantico to the Joint Regional Corrections Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth. Since being moved to the JRCF, PFC Manning's overall mood and demeanor has greatly improved. PFC Manning is able to maintain regular contact with his defense team. He receives weekly written updates, phone calls and visits from defense counsel. In addition, he receives regular visits from family. Finally, PFC Manning also receives hundreds of letters from supporters every week. He wishes to extend his sincere appreciation to those who have taken the time to send along their thoughts and well-wishes.
Related Bradley Manning campaign news:
Rally to protest the indefinite detention of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning, Saturday, June 4th at Leavenworth, Kansas.
Sponsored by the Bradley Manning Support Network, Courage to Resist, and Veterans for Peace
11:30 am – Gather at Bob Dougherty Memorial Park, N 2nd St. and Kickapoo St. (map). Unrestricted street parking is available around the park. Toilets will be available as well.
Also: Listen to the May 25, 2011 Bradley Manning Support Network press call (mp3) featuring Daniel Ellsberg and Julian Assange.
Supporters of accused WikiLeaks source vow to fight on for open trial and freedom
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. May 5, 2011
Hundreds of thousands of individuals globally celebrate today the confirmation that their efforts to end the torturous pre-trial confinement conditions inflicted upon US Army PFC Bradley Manning have been successful. Manning’s lead defense attorney, David E. Coombs of Rhode Island, has personally verified that Manning is indeed being held in Medium Custody confinement at the Joint Regional Corrections Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as claimed by the Army last week.
Video and transcript of Obama’s declaration of Bradley Manning’s guilt
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. April 25, 2011
On Thursday, April 21, 2011 in San Francisco, a group of Bradley Manning supporters raised their concerns directly to the president in song at a fundraiser. Logan Price, from the Bradley Manning Support Network, was able to question President Obama directly afterwards. During the discussion he president declared that Bradley Manning “broke the law.” The video can be viewed below.
Accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower becomes focus of breakfast with President Barack Obama
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. April 21, 2011
This morning President Obama met with 150 donors for his 2012 reelection campaign over breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, California. However, the event turned interesting when nearly two dozen of his contributors pressed the president in song on the unjust confinement and tortuous treatment of alleged WikiLeaks whistle-blower US Army intelligence analyst PFC Bradley Manning. As the President spoke of the creative organizing that won him the 2008 election, over 10% of the attendees held up “Free Bradley Manning” signs and launched into a song entitled “Where’s our change?” As Secret Services agents attempted to grab the signs, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and President Obama looked on. (Video)
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. April 14, 2011
The eight months of solitary confinement of Bradley Manning at Quantico has drawn national and international criticism in the last week. Support is growing for him around the world with 500,000 writing President Obama in the last few days and with hundreds of top U.S. legal scholars criticizing his conditions of confinement.
Half million people sign letter for Bradley Manning; top legal scholars call on government to end torturous treatment
By Courage to Resist. April 12, 2011
The international activist website Avvaz.org has joined the campaign to support Bradley Manning in a big way. About a half million people have already signed the statement that Bradley’s treatment as a “violation of his constitutionally guaranteed human rights, and a chilling deterrent to other potential whistleblowers committed to public integrity.“ The letter will be delivered to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Add you name!
Nearly 300 of the top law scholars in the US have just called on the Obama administration to end the torturous treatment of Bradley Manning. The list of signatories includes Laurence Tribe, a Harvard professor who is considered to be America's foremost liberal authority on constitutional law. Professor Tribe taught constitutional law to Barack Obama, was a key backer of his 2008 presidential campaign, and was a legal adviser in the justice department until recently. Guardian (UK) coverage | NY Times Review of Books letter | List of signers