Stand With Military Whistleblower Bradley Manning
Those who oppose war and militarism need to stand with people like Bradley Manning, the 22-year old Army private who believed he saw war crimes being committed by the U.S. military. He shared the information so the American public could know what the U.S. military was doing. The most famous leak from Manning was the "Collateral Murder" video shared on the Wikileaks.org website. The video he reportedly leaked showed a U.S. military Apache helicopter attack killing a dozen civilians and wounding two children.
Now Manning is being held in custody in a prison in Kuwait, without access to private legal counsel and facing 52 years in prison. The video he allegedly released started a much-needed discussion about the horrible truth about the killings that U.S. wars entail. He is a national hero similar to whistle blowers like Daniel Ellsberg who exposed the truth of the Vietnam War. He deserves our support.
Take action now to write President Barack Obama with copies to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates calling for the release of Private Manning and allowing him access to civilian legal counsel.