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Roundup of Some of the Best Stories You Should Have Read About Chelsea Manning This Week
Bradley Manning’s Profoundly Moving Statement on ‘Paying the Price to Live in a Free Society', Kevin Gosztola, FireDogLake
- Wednesday August 21, 2013 | Following the announcement of Bradley Manning’s sentence of 35 years in military prison, Manning’s civilian defense attorney read a statement from Manning, which will be included in a filing requesting a pardon from President Barack Obama.
- Coombs also described what Manning was like after the sentence was announced. He recounted how he and his other defense attorneys had been crying. Manning looked at him and said, “It’s okay. It’s alright. I know you did your best. I’m going to be okay. I’m going to get through this.”
Supporters stand outside the White House with a variety of signs showing support for U.S. Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning. (photo: Michelle Basch/WTOP)
Amy Goodman | Manning Wronged and Miranda's Rights, Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, Democracy Now!
- 23 August 13 | There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people," wrote the late historian Howard Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States."
- These words were included in a statement by Pfc. Bradley Manning, read by his defense attorney David Coombs, at a press conference following Manning's sentencing to 35 years in military prison for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.
Chris Hedges | Bradley Manning and the Gangster State, Chris Hedges, Truthdig
22 August 13 | The swift and brutal verdict read out by Army Col. Judge Denise Lind in sentencing Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison means we have become a nation run by gangsters. It signals the inversion of our moral and legal order, the death of an independent media, and the open and flagrant misuse of the law to prevent any oversight or investigation of official abuses of power, including war crimes. The passivity of most of the nation's citizens - the most spied upon, monitored and controlled population in human history - to the judicial lynching of Manning means they will be next.
Bill Simpich | It Will Take a New Antiwar Movement to Free Bradley Manning, Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News
22 August 13 | Bradley Manning was sentenced today to 35 years. Now his case enters the political arena. His supporters all wore matching shirts for the cameras, emblazoned with a call for Obama to pardon Manning. What will it take to make that a realistic possibility?
Bradley Manning: 'Everything is Going to Be OK', Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News
- 21 August 13 | Bradley Manning, moments after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, turned to his attorney David Coombs and told him, "It's okay ... I'm okay, everything is going to be okay." Coombs said it was the first time a client had cheered him up after a verdict. As the verdict was read, Coombs' wife wept while Manning's aunt and cousin showed no visible emotion.
- The courtroom erupted with chants of "Bradley, we are with you" and "We will keep fighting for you." As Manning exited the courtroom, the last voice he heard was Medea Benjamin shouting: "We love you."
Defense Asks Judge to Let Bradley Manning Have a Life, Mark Memmott, NPR
21 August 13 | Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison Wednesday, according to reporters covering the trial at Fort Meade, MD. He'll get about 3 1/2 years' credit for time he's already spent behind bars.
Defense Asks Judge to Let Bradley Manning Have a Life, Nathan Fuller, Bradley Manning Support Network
19 August 13 | On the final day of litigation in Bradley Manning's court martial, we saw a government dead set on persecuting a whistle-blower to deter those who he might inspire, and a defense intent on salvaging the young soldier's future.
America's Upside-Down Morality, Robert Parry, Consortium News
15 August 13 | Having covered the U.S. government for nearly 36 years, I am not so naïve as to expect perfection or even anything close. But there are times when the immoral dimensions of Official Washington stand out in the starkest shades, not in variations of gray but in black and white.