Activists rally to ‘Free Bradley Manning’ in WikiLeaks case

Quantico, Virginia (CNN) — Activists rallied outside the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, Sunday to applaud the man military officials suspect leaked scores of military documents to the WikiLeaks website — a 22-year-old Army private named Bradley Manning.
“We are here to say that if he, indeed, was the whistle-blower, then we are proud of him,” said Medea Benjamin, founder of anti-war group Code Pink. “In the United States that I know and love, transparency is a positive thing.”
Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, is the military’s focus in the investigation into the largest-ever intelligence leak in American history, to
He is being detained at Quantico pending a military investigation in a separate case, in which he’s charged with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code, including for allegedly leaking a secret military video from the Iraq war to WikiLeaks.
Outside the Quantico gates, about 80 protesters chanted “Bradley Manning told their tale, war criminals off to jail” and held signs calling on the military to “Free Bradley Manning.”

Many wore pink and seemed out-of-place in a small community where people sported military haircuts and displayed Marine bumper stickers on their cars.
Ray McGovern, who said he was formerly a CIA analyst, lauded Manning for allegedly releasing information about America’s “war of aggression”.
“What Bradley Manning has done is to give us as Americans the opportunity to realize what’s really going on there,” McGovern said.
“If Americans can’t realize now that they have the ground truth, literally the ground truth from these Army reports, if they can’t realize and move to end these kinds of wars, then there’s very little hope for our children or our grandchildren.”
About 300 yards away, a handful of counter-protesters wearing the military’s trademark olive green held a poster that showed Manning with bloody hands. They called the leak treasonous.
“If Bradley Manning is the one that leaked these documents, he has already put his fellow soldiers at risk,” said Jim Hanson, who writes for the pro-military website BlackFive.
“I think the military and the government have some things that should be kept secret. The public knows that … There is no ‘right to know’ secret information.”


10 Responses to “Activists rally to ‘Free Bradley Manning’ in WikiLeaks case”

  1. Bradely Manning is a hero! His imprisonment puts the US’s human rights violations record in deeper peril.
    God bless the brave young soul, he is a true American, unlike the baby killers he refuses to give cover to.
    Thank You young man, and may you one day be vindicated!


    I’m 62 years old and I have long ago given up any hope for this country. This heroic young man has his whole life ahead of him and presumably retains some hope for America. If it were possible I would trade places with Mr. Manning right now. In lieu of that we all need to stand up and demand his immediate release.

  3. Victoria Parks Says:

    There is always a right to know secret information if the reason for the information being kept secret is to cover up war crimes.

  4. michael federico Says:

    We are clearly at a tipping point in our society when we have become so complacent and compliant that we allow Gulags/human rights abuses like that being perpetuated on young Bradley Manning, to exist.

    He should inspire us to action!! His torture and denial of basic human decency should light a fire under our apathetic asses!!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Is the Polyarchy upset? well diddums. For the first time EVER, the American people now know what the American State Department has been doing for the last 70 years in their name: supporting cruel and brutal murderer dictatorships all around the world after helping to install them. If JFK’s death wasn’t deliberately organised by the same Department of ratbags then THOSE chickens coming home to roost WERE small in comparison to the American Government’s worst potential enemy… the American people. Stop pissing them off now, and you’ll have limited some of the damage done.

    God BLESS Bradley Manning- hats off matey, you’re a hero for the whole world!! …and I curse the hypocrites inside the State Department – the high priests of International State Sponsored Terrorism.


  6. Edward Gonçalves de Alvarenga Neto Says:

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, A atitude do militar foi simplesmente heróica, os EUA tem que entender que não são donos do mundo!!!! acima dos EUA , esta DEUS, que acompanha as injustiças do mundo.
    os EUA gastam bilhões de dóllares em guerras , e esta se esqueçendo do crescimento da economia americana, se Breadley for condenado, será mais um grande erro que os EUA , vai cometer. .. 11 de setembro é um marco das injustiças americanas pelo o mundo a fora!!!!!

  7. Gerry Steel Says:

    Release Bradley Manning NOW.
    This youngster is a victim of a vicious regime.
    If this young man was held in any OTHER country in the world, the controlled media would rightly be howling for him to be free.
    If YOU tollerate this then YOUR children will be next. Forever !
    The time has come for change. CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN.
    Does this ring a bell ? Yes ? Then OBAMA lied, he continues to lie……. to YOU. They are all lying.
    Bradley Manning told the TRUTH. Do not let this fact be forgotten along with the TRUTH about 9/11.
    Stand tall , with your heads up and get this real American hero out of jail.
    Good luck to all who aspire to greater things. Read and reinstate the constitution. IT IS YOUR RIGHTS THAT ARE NOT BEING RESPECTED.
    We do not forgive. We do not forget. We are legion.

  8. Well I guess if you take an oath and then break it, that’s ok. He is at best a coward, and at worst a Traitor. I have heard that he was a sub-standard soldier while at Fort Huachuca, unfortunately the Army failed to seperate him at that point. I want to thank him for helping us to realize that Information needs to be compartmentalized better to keep nosey little fools like him out of it. For the fools who think the World is a nice place, remember that “Fair is where you get a Funnel Cake at”. To all lovers of the Communist/Socialist model, remember that your Heros have killed more people than Hilter ever dreamed of.

  9. Chris Savage Says:

    They start wars, they killed JFK and many others and they control the world through the issue of credit. Who are they? Goldman Sachs, Rothchild, Rockefeller….to name a few. Our only hope is the revolution started by Ron Paul. The industrial military complex are pure evil minions of the financial controllers.

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