EDITORIAL
Bradley Manning: “A clear conscience”
volume:  
volume 34
issue 2
April 2013

Anyone who stands up to racism or sexism on the job quickly finds out management cares little about whether these prejudices prowl the workplace. But they are ready to demonize the individual who exposes it.

Such was the case when Bradley Manning downloaded the U.S. government’s dirty laundry to Wikileaks. The military threw him in the brig, where he was held in solitary confinement and subjected to torturous and humiliating treatment. Politicians in both parties vilified him as a traitor who endangered U.S. troops.

After two years in detention, Manning recently admitted to 10 of 22 charges brought against him — that is, he acknowledged being a whistleblower. He did not confess to aiding the terrorist enemy, but rather to exposing war crimes by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the despicable bullying that is U.S. diplomacy. His 35-page statement was no apology, but a clear explanation of why he brought to light things like the “bloodlust” on display in classified videos.

Manning faces up to 20 years in prison for what he has admitted to. He should be getting a medal! Far from betraying his people, he has acted with uncommon valor.

Stop the criminalization of whistleblowers! Release Bradley Manning!

To get involved, see bradleymanning.org.