Please join us at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq. South, NYC, on Friday April 5th, for discussion and artwork about Bradley Manning and the important revelations he courageously brought forward.
Doors open at 5:30 pm for informal discussions and activities.
Seating for the panel discussion is general admission and will begin approximately 7:30. It is encouraged to arrive early.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir - Icelandic MP and Wikileaks activist; this is Birgitta’s first visit to the US since she helped produce the “Collateral Murder” video leaked by Bradley Manning.
Alexa O’Brien - An independent journalist, Alexa’s work has been essential to anyone interested in Bradley Manning’s case. Alexa has compiled the most complete record of the Bradley Manning proceedings anywhere, which can be found on her blog here.
Peter Hart - Activism Director and Media Analyst at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting), Peter is also Co-host & Co-producer of Counterspin, FAIR’s weekly radio program.
Sam Seder (moderator) - Host of the award-winning Majority Report podcast, M-F, and co-host of Ring of Fire radio on weekends with Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Mike Papantonio. Sam is a writer, comedian, and frequent political commentator/host on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN and Current TV.
For the first time, 25-year-old U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning has admitted to being the source behind the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history. More than a thousand days after he was arrested, Manning testified Thursday before a military court. He said he leaked the classified documents to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks in order to show the American public the “true costs of war.”
Reading for more than an hour from a 35-page statement, Manning said: “I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information … this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general.”
At the pretrial hearing at Fort Meade military base in Maryland, Manning pleaded guilty to reduced charges on 10 counts, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. But even if the judge accepts the plea, prosecutors can still pursue a court-martial on the remaining 12 charges. The most serious of those is “aiding the enemy” and carries a possible life sentence.
#WikiLeaks confirms relationship with Aaron Swartz
Only one month after the tragic death of online activist Aaron Swartz, questions still remain unanswered about the Reddit co-founder’s apparent suicide. In recent days, however, new information has come to light.
Now the whistleblower website WikiLeaks admits that Aaron Swartz was affiliated with the group and could have even been one of their sources.
Kristine Frazao discusses the latest news involving WikiLeaks and Swartz and speaks with Andrew Blake, a RT producer who spoke with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom over the weekend about, among other things, Swartz and his contribution to halting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Daniel Ellsberg on the importance of leaking and how so few people do, even when they should, from a moral or legal standpoint. Whether bound by contract, oath, fear, loyalty, kinship or simply the herding instinct – the tendency to conceal the truth about injustice, war crimes and corruption is an unfortunately pervasive human trait.
Today, the Swedish #PirateParty filed formal charges against Swedish banks for their discrimination against #WikiLeaks , which has been systematically denied donations by payment providers since 2010.
Numerous payment service providers, including Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, have blocked donations to WikiLeaks and other legal operations since 2010. Banks have been a part of the network of these service providers, which means that the banks actively participate in stopping donations without legitimate grounds.
The Swedish Pirate Party says that this behavior is unacceptable and cause for grave concern, and has filed charges against the Swedish banks in question to try this behavior in court.
First ever presentation by Bradley Manning’s attorney David Coombs
In his first ever presentation, attorney David Coombs speaks about the case of his client, Bradley Manning. He is preceded by Emma Cape of the Bradley Manning Support Network and Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
The event was held at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington DC, 3 December 2012.
Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has testified for the first time since he was arrested in May 2010.
An update from Michael Ratner, who was in the courtroom during Manning’s appearance. Ratner is president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a lawyer for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
Assange to UN: US is trying to build a ‘regime of secrecy’ (by RTAmerica)
On Wednesday night, Julian Assange, the creator of Wikileaks, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in an event called “Strengthening Human Rights” from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been trapped for several months. The event that was hosted by the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and gave Assange a platform to draw attention to his case and he emphasized the importance of revealing the truth. Here is that speech.
Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with “communicating with the enemy”, a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.