‘I Am Bradley Manning’ Video ‘Leaks’ Online

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.

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35 Comments

  1. Chuck says:

    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. Chris says:

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

    • Popsiq says:

      There are a couple of decorated ex-military among those “stars and rockers”. Probably much less heroic than your self though. They seem to agree he did the country a service, too.

      What more CAN you ask for?

  3. Anom says:

    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

    • Popsiq says:

      You mean somebody who was injured because of a wikileak of what some ambassador thought of his host’s wife’s ass?

      Or someone who in the service who felt dishonored by the chopper jocks who shot-up a Toyota with babies in it? And then blamed it on people who “brought their kids to a war?” That leak should have been kept in somebody’s pants.

      • Sam Schipman says:

        Popsiq…
        You are full of SHIT…Manning is a FREAKIN TRAITOR.…..and if I remember right…TRAITORS are EXCUTED…What did was wrong.…And what He also enabled the Enemy of this Country…
        As far as Oliver Stone and the so-called rockers are just a bunch of PUSSIES

  4. Thunder350 says:

    “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 says:

    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. John D says:

    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. Sandy says:

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

  8. Nancy Holmes says:

    He should be tried for treason! this is outrageous

  9. Geeureek says:

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

    • TheDick,Cheney says:

      No. Wrong again dittohead. But maybe you should ask Bin Laden?

      • AFairman says:

        Are you telling me you think that dead people can talk? Maybe you are implying there was a hoax and he’s still alive?

  10. bugkill says:

    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.

    • Popsiq says:

      Like the leopard print undies the President of Tunisia’s wife liked to wear? That’s vital intel.

      • AFairman says:

        that’s like what, 1/500,000th of the information he uploaded? I noticed you posted a few times about that, you sound like you’re pretty proud of yourself for learning that one tiny bit. Congrats man.

  11. NativeSon says:

    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.

    • Popsiq says:

      Apparently he didn’t name any of our ‘foreign contacts’ although somebody else who shouldn’t have, did. He wasn’t reading their messages all that closely according to the prosecution — other than it was supposed to be ‘secret’ and neither he nor the others in his unit were supposed to be accessing it..

      • AFairman says:

        So they didn’t have good access controls on their high side networks, doesn’t mean he was free to access everything and steal it to post elsewhere. Simply because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should, you’d do well to remember that. Plus, what did he sign a non-disclosure agreement for? Something if I remember correctly, you must sign to gain access to classified.

  12. rICHARD cHRISTIANSEN says:

    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. Sgt. AAHall says:

    Fry him

  14. BRASS says:

    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.

  15. Scray says:

    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.

    • AFairman says:

      I won’t argue that it could be a good thing to uncover a wrong-doing by anyone, but he didn’t just stop at “whistle blowing”. There was most certainly a malicious intent to damage, you don’t indiscriminately upload hundreds of thousands of documents hoping that some would stick as a “whistle blow”. There ARE channels to take to report crimes, and uploading documents for free access from anyone is NOT one of them. It is because he uploaded so many documents without regard to the safety of others that he should be tried and hopefully found guilty.

      • Scray says:

        As you said, there are no channels to report crimes, so what would you have done, nothing I assume. Funny how many of the documents he uploaded revealed many an unjust and in many cases criminal actions taken by our military and government. The truth is if there was no wrong doing in the first place and if we had went strictly by the book there wouldn’t have been anything wrong to expose. The way I see it I did my time in Iraq and did nothing unethical, everybody else should have been able to do the same thing, there’s simply no excuse. The only reason why our gov, military, and politicians was embarrassed was because some people F@#$ed up, and when people who F@#k up and it cost the lives of innocent people then people should be held accountable. Were it not for manning releasing those documents, people would have had to rely on the BS information our gov was releasing to the public. As many of you already know how well our government can lie (imaginary weapons of mass destruction, missing shipments of oil and cash, etc) someone should release more dirt.

      • AFairman says:

        I didn’t say that there are no channels to report such crimes, I said there ARE ways to report wrong doings, even outside his chain of command. He did wrong by going outside his CoC and furthermore releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the general public. I don’t think it’s right that this ONE action (of 500,000+ documents) was hidden but I could see reasons for keeping it under wraps (ie tryin to stabilize a region/country). Again, there was malicious intent here, beyond simply whistle blowing, and he deserves at a minimum a prison sentence.

  16. exilefromiraq says:

    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?!

  17. Popsiq says:

    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?

  18. jay says:

    Well they got all the Liberal pinko Dems.

  19. Ramone Garcia says:

    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.

  20. John D says:

    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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