Manning Sentence An Attack On Whistleblowers

Bradley Manning, the whistleblower behind much of Wikileaks' revelations including the 'Collateral Murder' video has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, reduced in rank to E-1 and will be dishonourably discharged. He has been given 1294 days credit for the time he has served in US Military custody, partly under conditions described by United Nations as being "cruel and inhuman". While he was not found guilty of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy he was found guilty of 17 out of the 22 counts against him, and of an amended version of four others.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

"The conviction of Bradley Manning, while a foregone conclusion, is a devastating blow for him and all of us who care about protection for whistleblowers. Bradley Manning was very clear in his statement about why he did what he did. It was about holding power to account. Amnesty International is right when they say the US government's priorities are 'upside down'. We have a situation where states want to subject us to mass surveillance, yet when we put them under the spotlight it is deemed spying."

"It is a travesty that he has been found guilty of espionage under a law from the end of World War I with no defence of public interest. Being sentenced to decades in jail, is an attack on journalists' sources and the right to know what is being done in our name."

"That he was not found guilty of aiding the enemy is some concession to common sense. But make no mistake, with this judgement we have become our own worst enemy. The enemy of conscience. The enemy of justice. The enemy of taking responsibility for our own actions."

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 15:30
Loz Kaye
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