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Bradley Manning: an American hero?
Posted By admin On November 16, 2012 @ 10:34 am In Opinion/Commentary,Political & Politicians | Comments Disabled
Thanks to WikiLeaks, US citizens are better informed about wars
prosecuted in their name. We owe Manning honour, not jail time
Last week, PFC Bradley Manning offered to accept responsibility  for releasing classified documents as an act of conscience – not as charged by the US military . As people who have worked for decades against the increased militarization of societies and for international cooperation to end war, we have been deeply dismayed by his treatment. The military under the Obama administration  has displayed a desire to over-prosecute whistleblowing with life-in-prison charges including espionage and “aiding the enemy”, a disturbing decision which is no doubt intended to set an example.
We have dedicated our lives to working for peace because we have seen many faces of armed conflict and violence, and we understand that no matter the cause of war, civilians always bear the brunt of the cost. With today’s advanced military technology and the continued ability of business and political elites to filter what information is made public, there exists a great barrier to many citizens being fully aware of the realities and consequences of conflicts in which their country is engaged.
Responsible governance requires fully informed citizens who can question their leadership. For those citizens worldwide who do not have direct, intimate knowledge of war, yet are still affected by rising international tensions and failing economies, WikiLeaks  releases attributed to Bradley Manning  have provided unparalleled access to important facts.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.guardian.co.uk
 Image: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/16/bradley-manning-americans-support
 PFC Bradley Manning offered to accept responsibility: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/08/bradley-manning-wikileaks-responsibility-trial
 US military: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-military
 Obama administration: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/obama-administration
 WikiLeaks: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/wikileaks
 Bradley Manning: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/bradley-manning
 Nobel Laureates Salute Bradley Manning: http://www.thenation.com/article/171272/nobel-laureates-salute-bradley-manning
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