‘I Am Bradley Manning’ Video ‘Leaks’ Online

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Reader of the real news section around here know that Pfc. Bradley Manning is on trial for leaking “troves of material” to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Even though Manning pleaded guilty to charges that would send him to prison for twenty years, the military and Obama administration are prosecuting him for aiding the enemy, a charge that could land him life in prison.

That prosecution doesn’t sit well with some people, so a curious collection of celebrities, reporters and other people that no one on the web seems able to identify have come out in support of Manning with a confusing video where they declare “I Am Bradley Manning.”

Their support seems to be based on Manning’s leak of the video that showed 2007 Apache helicopter attack that killed 14 civilians, including a Reuters photographer. Here’s the logic: the incident qualifies as a “war crime” and therefore Manning should be protected under whistleblower laws put in place to shield government employees who report wrongdoing.

They explicitly make their case by trotting out Daniel Ellsberg, the RAND corporation military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971. When Ellsberg says “I Am Bradley Manning,” it’s supposed to have some moral weight since the folks that made the video see Ellsberg as someone who was once deemed a threat by the government but was later hailed as a hero.

Also throwing in with Manning is Vietnam vet and noted conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone, a guy who at least has a long history of public stands on military and intelligence-related issues.

More curious is the appearance of two reporters who’ve written a lot about the case: Rolling Stone‘s muckraker Matt Taibbi and Truthdig‘s Chris Hedges. Neither has previously shown much sympathy for the government’s case, but it’s hard to pretend you’ve got an open mind about the case when you’ve already crossed the line to political advocacy.

Are the rest of these people famous? We recognize British citizen Russell Brand (star of Arthur), married actors Peter Sarsgaard (a military kid who starred in Jarhead and The Salton Sea) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight and White House Down), Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, techno musician Moby, actor and writer Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride and Rex the dinosaur in Toy Story), Marlo Thomas’ husband Phil Donahue and several other people that no one online seems to have identified yet.

Notably absent from the video: Lady Gaga, whose name was used on the data disks that Manning labeled to look like mix CDs before he smuggled them out of the building.

19 Comments on "‘I Am Bradley Manning’ Video ‘Leaks’ Online"

  1. Last time I checked, the law and justice are not a democracy. Whether Bradley Manning is prosecuted or not shouldn't depend on how many people think he should be. It should depend on whether or not he has actually violated any law/rule/statute/regulation and what kind of damages can be proven and attributed to his actions.

  2. Movie stars and Rockers, what more could you ask for? He is not a whistle blower, he is a traitor.

  3. Someone needs to put together a video of Service Members who are proud of to have fought for freedom of speech but were negatively effected by Bradley Manning's actions

  4. Thunder350 | June 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm |

    "A popular Government without popular information nor the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives"
    – James Madison – Founding Father, 4th US President.

  5. John Murray | June 6, 2013 at 7:28 am |

    Make sure you keep a list of all these folks and then make sure you don't spend any of your money on anything they are involved with. THAT is how you voice your response to these nitwits.

  6. He violated security rules, have one of the stars minions violate their contract because they wanted special expensive foods in the dressing room as a waste of money and see what happens!! Have their minions relate their drug or drinking habits as whistleblowers and see who gets in trouble!!

  7. He should be tried for treason and executed by firing squad as any of us would.

  8. Nancy Holmes | June 6, 2013 at 8:35 am |

    He should be tried for treason! this is outrageous

  9. Aren’t these the same group of folks who worked so hard to elect and then reelect Obama? Oh, I get it.

  10. None of them have served and taken an oath. Also, they are showing clips from the helicopter assault accident where some civilians got killed, but they fail to talk about the fact that the dirtbag gave up a boat load of intel on some very secretive operations that had ZERO to do with war crimes or whatever else they are claiming he did it for.

  11. NativeSon | June 6, 2013 at 8:48 am |

    He leaked secret information that the enemy could use, especially that naming our foreign contacts and informants thus putting their lives in jeopardy. Doesn't matter what the hail was going on in his head to justify it anymore so than what justification any other traitor uses to sell out their country, whether it's feeding their greed or conscience.

    That's treason and there is a punishment for that in times of war.

  12. rICHARD cHRISTIANSEN | June 6, 2013 at 9:11 am |

    He signed a document to protect the information he had access to. He was under contract to the Special Security Group. These are the people that govern those facilities.
    I used to be the NCOIC of the Special Security Office with the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. If you violated the rules you were kicked out of the facility until an investigation was completed and judgment passed (lose you clearance or come back in).
    When you are granted access to these facilities you get "Read On" – you read a book of rules and sign a document saying you read it – IN FRONT OF THE SSO PERSONNEL. That book and the document are a contract that you WILL PROTECT / SAFEGUARD THE INFORMATION IN THAT FACILITY!!
    He had other paths he could have taken, but he HATED what he read so much he CHOSE TO SEND THE INFORMATION TO WIKILEAKS. He was reported to have leaked after action reports, INSTALLATION SECURITY PLANS, the Embassy Cables, and much, much more!!
    HE DID THE CRIME, NOW HE CAN DO THE TIME!!!! The little TRAITOR!!!

  13. Good… then let them go on trial as well. These nit wit – ends justify the means – marxist twits couldn't discern right from wrong, moral from immoral, loyal from disloyal or commitment from uncommitted if they had a fire team of instructors and a week of instruction. – – – These folks are as important to US national security as a paper cut on an IRS supervisor.

  14. Bradley did a good thing in exposing the murder of those reporters and civilians. Since when is it a good thing to cover up a murder regardless who committed it. The pilots responsible for that crime should be in prison, not Manning. If it were a family member of any one of us that was murdered in that fashion, we'd demand justice too.

  15. exilefromiraq | June 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm |

    I don't ever get political but, I truly felt compelled to share this. Bradley Manning's cowardly actions and the media frenzy that followed directly contributed to increased radicalization of the religious right of the Middle East and attacks on American soldiers. I have no interest or love for governing parties or elected officials, only for my Brothers and Sisters in Arms. It’s very easy to sit in the wings and wish and sing for change. The history of true freedoms, have only ever come from the blood and sacrifice of the brave. Why don’t you make a movie or sing about that?!

  16. Brad Manning is the Eddie Slovik of this latest go-round. Nor herois like Bill Calley but bot diddling kiddies either, but left on duty long enough, who knows?

  17. Well they got all the Liberal pinko Dems.

  18. Ramone Garcia | June 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm |

    Think for yourselves. Act out of conviction. Protect the innocent and victims of war atrocities. Speak out for children and those that are voiceless. Grieve for the dead on both sides.

  19. This is where non military citizens should not venture opinions unless they know all the facts. He is being tried for violating his security oath and sending classified messages to people who shouldn't get them. Sorry you don't understand the UCMJ but if your lawyer released information on a contract you'd be hitting the courts!! That is similar except no one's life is in danger!! Stop knee jerking and get angry when you accept all the facts!!

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