freepressfoundation·Mar 12, 2013
Leaked audio recording of Bradley Manning describing his response to the July 12, 2007 Baghdad Apache airstrike video that documented the killing of two Reuters journalists.
By Laura Poitras and Jenny Perlin
Bradley Manning Speaks: In Leaked Court Recording, Army Whistleblower Tells His Story for First Time
democracynow·Mar 12, 2013
www.democracynow.org – A leaked audio recording has emerged of the statement Army whistleblower Bradley Manning delivered at his pre-trial hearing in military court late last month. Manning acknowledged he gave hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, saying he wanted to show the American public the “true costs of war” and “spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.” This is the first time Manning’s voice has been heard publicly since he was arrested nearly three years ago. We air excerpts of his remarks, hearing Manning describe in his own voice the moment he decided to release the documents, and the outrage he felt at the “Collateral Murder” video of an Apache helicopter attack in Iraq.
Daniel Ellsberg: In Hearing Bradley Manning Act Out of Conscience, Secret Tape Refutes Media Slander
democracynow·Mar 12, 2013
www.democracynow.org – To discuss Bradley Manning’s recorded court statement that was recently leaked to the press, we’re joined by perhaps the country’s most famous whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, the secret history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. “What we’ve heard are people like the New York Times who’ve consistently slandered him … that he was vague and couldn’t think of specific instances that had led him to inform the American people of injustices,” Ellsberg says. “The American people can now for the first time hear Bradley in his own words — emotionally and in the greatest specific detail — tell what it was that he felt needed revelation.”
Bradley Manning’s Full Statement
Jon Gold·Mar 12, 2013
Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation is publishing the full, previously unreleased audio recording of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s speech to the military court in Ft. Meade about his motivations for leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks. In addition, we have published highlights from Manning’s statement to the court.
While unofficial transcripts of this statement are available, this marks the first time the American public has heard the actual voice of Manning.
Ratner: Manning fulfilled moral duty, conscience of US on trial
RussiaToday·Mar 14, 2013
He’s seen by many as one of the world’s most renowned whistleblowers, but an enemy of the state by the US government. Now soldier Bradley Manning can be heard in his own voice explaining why he sent hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010. In a new leaked audio recording from his court martial, Manning accuses the American army of not valuing human life, and says he wanted to provoke a debate about US foreign policy.