Left Forum #LF2013 Event: Bradley Manning and Whistleblowers + I am Bradley Manning

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Pace University, New York City
June 8, 2013

Left Forum #LF2013 event “Bradley Manning and Whistleblowers” with Chase Madar, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Shayana Kadidal and Alexa D. O’Brien.

The panel will bring together individuals with in depth knowledge of the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, Wikileaks and the crack down on whistle blowers.


▶ Chase Madar, Author of The Passion of Bradley Manning,
Twitter: @chasemadar


▶ Thomas Drake, NSA Whistleblower
Twitter: @Thomas_Drake1

▶ Jesselyn Radack, National Security and Human Rights Director at the Government Accountability Project
Twitter: @JesselynRadack

▶ Shayana Kadidal, Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights,
Twitter: @ShayanaKadidal

▶ Alexa O’Brien, Journalist covering Manning trial and USG investigation of WikiLeaks
Twitter: @carwinb

Manning’s trial extends the Obama administration’s unmatched inquisition prosecuting unauthorized disclosures to the press employing a 1917 statute originally intended for spies. The Department of Justice argues that leaks to the press are a “greater threat to society” than when spies sell classified information to a foreign government, because “every foreign adversary stands to benefit.”

Despite the First Amendment prohibition against any law abridging the freedom of the press and the confidentiality of sources afforded by reporter’s privledge, information sharing is now encourage and source protection sacrosanct for spooks in what Drake calls the “state religion of national security”; for the press and public, information about the workings of government is on a “need to know” basis, or else.

For more information on Bradley Manning and his ongoing trial please visit:



http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/34033139 (54:34) [begins at 5:40 mins in]

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/34035611 (4:42)

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/34035949 (35:16)


Whistleblowers, Part One: Jesselyn Radack

nextleftnotes Jun 9, 2013

NEW YORK — June 9, 2013. Attorney Jesselyn Radack was part of a Left Forum panel on whistleblowers. In this clip she discusses the treatment whistleblowers receive from the Government — and her own experiences as an attorney who represented pariahs.


Whistleblowers, Part Two: Thomas Drake

nextleftnotes Jun 9, 2013

NEW YORK — June 9, 2013. Former NSA employee Thomas Drake spoke at the Left Forum on Sunday. In this clip Drake discusses his attempts to report “high crimes and misdemeanors” committed by intelligence agencies after 9/11 to the federal government. Drake also discusses how his life changed after he became the subject of an FBI investigation in retaliation for his whistleblowing activities.


Whistleblowers, Part Three: Kevin Gosztola

nextleftnotes Jun 9, 2013

NEW YORK — June 9, 2013. Firedoglake.com journalist Kevin Gosztola spoke at the Left Forum on Sunday, as part of a panel on the National Security State. In this clip Gosztola discusses the historical importance of the Bradley Manning case, the military’s efforts to muzzle the press and the prosecution’s notion that Manning lacked agency — Gosztola disputes the Army’s assertion that Manning acted as an “agent” of wikileaks, hence committed espionage.


Whistleblowers, Part Four: Discussion

nextleftnotes Jun 11, 2013

NEW YORK — June 9, 2013. NSA whistleblower Tom Drake, his attorney (Jesselyn Radak), journalist Keven Gosztola, and activist Debra Sweet lead a discussion about the “National Security State.”


[LEAKED TEASER] I am Bradley Manning

with Chris Hedges

I am Bradley Manning Jun 4, 2013

If you witnessed war crimes, what would you do? More coming soon…

http://iam.bradleymanning.org | #iambradleymanning


Updated: June 18, 2013

I am Bradley Manning

I am Bradley Manning Jun 18, 2013

It’s time to stop the war on whistle-blowers.
http://iam.bradleymanning.org | #iambradleymanning

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Roger Waters
Oliver Stone
Daniel Ellsberg
Phil Donahue
Alice Walker
Tom Morello
Matt Taibbi
Peter Sarsgaard
Angela Davis
Molly Crabapple
Tim DeChristopher
LT Dan Choi
Bishop George Packard
Russell Brand
Allan Nairn
Chris Hedges
Wallace Shawn
Adhaf Soueif
Josh Stieber
Michael Ratner

Copyright: Bradley Manning Support Network


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