Bradley Manning was found guilty of six espionage counts and five theft charges. He faces up to 136 years in prison
Words like martyr and hero are used too loosely these days. Manning is a martyr, one who revealed crimes of the very American military he was a part of. In doing so, he did behave heroically. Now, he will pay for this act of conscience with years of his life. He did so without trying to use that information for personal gain or fame.
Manning revealed to WikiLeaks evidence of American military brutality in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in Guantanamo Bay. Perhaps most famous was the American helicopter attack on July 12, 2007 in Baghdad that made WikiLeaks significant.
Here is a list of ten of the most important truths revealed by Bradley Manning. It is worth pausing to reflect on each one.
What a sad reflection on the moral state of our country, what a pathetic way to divert attention from the fact that the real criminals in this case are the war criminals in the US government and US military who have inflicted tens of thousands of casualties on civilian populations in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Yemen, and elsewhere. Where are the courts to hold George Bush and Rumsfeld and Cheney responsible and accountable for the blood on their hands?
The real casualties also include truth, honesty, integrity, transparency, and investigative journalism. We used to have a proud tradition of journalism in this country that was designed to reveal injustice.
The prosecution of Bradley Manning is precisely designed to intimidate and silence all those who would dare to expose the brutality and injustice of the American Empire.