Swan Island Peace Convergence 2014

Swan Island Peace Convergence 2014

Bring all the troops home. End the U.S. Alliance

Defend Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

EXPOSING WAR CRIMES IS NOT A CRIME!

Two prominent resisters to war that deserve our solidarity are Julian Assange and Sergeant Bradley Manning.  Showing solidarity for people going through the courts or facing prison is an important part of of our movement to resist the war.   If we are to build a movement and culture of resistance to the state of perpetual war we are currently living in, then it is vital to support people when they face repression from the State.

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks: 519 days of banking blockade – no process
Assange: 516 days detainment – no charge
Grand Jury: 599 days US secret Grand Jury into WikiLeaks – no transparency

Julian Assange is perhaps the most high-profile peace activist in the world today. The 39 year-old Australian computer programmer is the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks is an online conduit for whistle-blowing documents:

“an ingenious and heroic website that has shifted the power balance between citizen and the state by exposing what governments really get up to in our name”.

It has raised the ire of the US Government by publishing the so-called Afghan War Logs and Iraq War Logs, including the infamous ‘Collateral Murder’ footage, plus thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables – the same material that US soldier Bradley Manning is accused of leaking. This collection of documents has shown to the world the brutal truth of these wars.

The backlash against Julian Assange has been severe. Presently under house arrest and close surveillance in England, although not charged with any offence, he faces extradition to Sweden, a hub of the USA’s extraordinary rendition program. If extradited to Sweden, Assange faces a secret trial and further extradition to the US where a WikiLeaks Grand Jury has already begun summoning witnesses.

WikiLeaks itself has come under extraordinary attack. Its bank accounts have been frozen, while PayPal and credit card companies Mastercard and Visa refuse to accept donations for either WikiLeaks or Assange’s legal defence. The online ‘drop box’ where secrets can be sent has been sabotaged. Internet service providers (ISPs) have also been pressured not to host WikiLeaks itself. All this before Assange or anyone to do with WikiLeaks has been charged with anything.

Donate to Wikileaks

Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley)

Manning: 713 days in jail – no trial

“If you had free reign over classified networks… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?”
“God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”
-Quotes from an online chat attributed to Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning, a 23-year-old US army intelligence analyst, is accused of leaking a video showing the 2007 killing of civilians, including two Reuters journalists, by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. She is also charged with sharing with the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks documents known as the Afghan War Diary and the Iraq War Logs, plus thousands of embarrassing US diplomatic cables.

Arrested in Iraq in May 2010, Manning is currently in a US military prison in Kansas. The conditions of her previous imprisonment of nearly 9 months in a brig in Virginia, including solitary confinement, may have amounted to torture. She has now been in detention for almost two years. She is currently going through a drawn out pre-trial process. While the prosecution has declared it does not intend to seek the death penalty, they do seek to lock PFC Bradley Manning away for life, with the most ridiculous charge of ‘aiding the enemy’.

Of particular relevance to Swan Island Peace Convergence is the Afghan War Diary, described by the New York Times as “a six-year archive of classified military documents [that] offers an unvarnished and grim picture of the Afghan war”. The Guardian has called the material “one of the biggest leaks in US military history“:

“… a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and NATO commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency”.

Pfc Chelsea Manning, now 24 years old

How to support Seargeant Manning

Visit the Chelsea Manning Support Network
Write to Pfc Manning
Donate to the Defence Fund

8 Responses to Defend Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

  1. Now that US military sceuors have admitted that they have comprehensively failed to link Bradley Manning with Wikileaks and Julian Assange personally, could they ease up on the treatment Bradley is receiving please? That some alleged US military sceuors have admitted no link has yet been uncovered to comprehensively link Bradley Manning to Julian Assange is moot how a prisoner, any prisoner, should be treated. All prisoners, including Bardley Manning, should not be tortured and/or subjected to cruel and inhumane treatement(s). Why continue to apply pressure for a confession that cannot be made? From a humane point of view, there is not reason. From a political point of view in the hope of extracting a confession so to aid the extradition of Julian Assange and the prosecution of Bradley Manning.awbMaven

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  2. War is a competition where the most cowardly man always wins.

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  3. The photo you are using of Bradley Manning is a wrong one! Please get your facts and material straight before posting it online, this mugshot is one of Kenneth Bradley Manning and not Bradley E. Manning (later being the Amry PFC being currently detained).

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    • Thanks, we try to make sure all information here is accurate and appreciate your notifying us of this.

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  4. No one wins mate

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    • Hi Shaun,Thanks for taking the time to comemnt. I also had no idea Bradley Manning held dual citizenship until I read Glenn Greenwald’s salon article of 15th December. Few pieces of writing have had quite such a profound impact on me. More needs to be done to spread awareness in the UK and more needs to be done to get our politicians to make a stand. I’m on the case in my own small way (more on that soon), but any help from similarly concerned people would be very very welcome. Let me know if you’re in!Thanks again.Naomi

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  6. Think about it being fried from the sky a simple civilian is this a causality or war or the result of past presidential paranoia exploded out of control. I remember my number 249 during the vietnam lottery they took up to around 149 I believe we thought it was close to the end but no it went on and on and on. I knew there was political corruption in the air and to this day praise in guilt the young soldiers like Oliver Stone and John Kerry and my friends from home that bravely did what they were told regardless of the consequences. (William James)” Ultimate action results in responsibility for those actions”, including pulling the trigger from OHIO or Ft Bragg or somewhere classified, on a civilian on his way to visit his children or going to work this is unacceptable. Nothing good can come from this outrage. We will deal with the no gooders here on out our soil should they decide to challenge our freedom this is not the example of freedom it’s fear brought on by George boy caught off guard and proving tough to daddy.

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