On May 26, the one year anniversary of the arrest of US soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking classified US government documents released by WikiLeaks, the Bradley Manning Support Network released an appeal for support in the campaign for his freedom. It is abridged below from www.bradleybanning.org -- where you can find out how to help the campaign.
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One year ago, the US government quietly arrested a humble young US intelligence analyst in Iraq and imprisoned him in a military camp in Kuwait. Across the world, people stepped forward to help defend him.
Bradley Manning, now 23, has never been to court but has already served a year in prison ― including 10 months in conditions of confinement that were clear violation of the international conventions against torture.
Bradley has been informally charged with releasing to the world documents that have revealed corruption by world leaders, widespread civilian deaths at the hands of US forces, the true face of Guantanamo, an unvarnished view of the U.S.’s imperialistic foreign negotiations, and the murder of two employees of Reuters News Agency by US soldiers.
For his act of courage, Bradley Manning now faces life in prison ― or even death.
But we can help him. Working together with concerned citizens around the world, the Bradley Manning Support Network has helped raise worldwide awareness about Manning’s torturous confinement conditions.
Through the collective actions of well over half-a-million people, we successfully pressured the US government to end the tortuous conditions of pre-trial confinement that Bradley was subjected to at the Marine Base at Quantico, Virginia.
Thanks to your support, Bradley is given leeway to interact with other pre-trial prisoners, read books, write letters, and even has a window in his cell.
Of course our goal is to ensure that he can receive a fair and open trial. Our goal is to win Bradley’s freedom.