Free Bradley Manning campaign in Sydney, Australia
As I walked through the CBD of Sydney, I quickly checked out the Occupy Sydney setup.. I spotted a sign from the distance… Could it be?
Yes! A group of activist had got together to raise awareness of the injustices that Bradley Manning is facing.
Not only did they have a large banner with a clear message… a few members of the group were distributing leaflets they had prepared with some details about the circumstances surrounding Bradley Manning.
The Leaflet reads as follows;
“Fair go for BRADLEY MANNING!
Join the campaign for justice for Bradley and win his release from prison
‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’
Bradley Manning, a 24 year old US army intelligence analyst, is currently undergoing criminal prosecution in the US for allegedly leaking classified material to WikiLeaks
Manning faces court-martial and a possible life sentence. His crime? He allegedly leaked a distressingly vivid video to WikiLeaks, later released by WikiLeaks as “Collateral Murder”, showing US soldiers killing 11 Iraqis, including two journalists, and wounding two children. He has also been charged with sharing the “Iraq War Logs”, the “Afghan Diaries” and is suspected of realising files exposing injustices at Guantanamo Bay. These documents implicate the US and NATO forces in war crimes, human rights abuses and complicity in torture and corruption.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for over 18 months. For 10 months he was kept in solitary confinement, reportedly suffering humiliating and inhumane treatment under prison authorities. The US government continues to deny UN special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez an un-monitored meeting with Bradley to assess these reports.
We believe that the crimes revealed in the WikiLeaks documents far outweigh any crime Bradley may have committed. It is wrong that he is punished while the perpetrators of war crimes and human rights abuses go un-investigated an unprosecuted.
Find out more at www.bradleymanning.org and support the growing calls for his release. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list.”