Julian Assange: Bradley Manning Has Become a Martyr + Alexa O’Brien: There’s Been No Actual Harm

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democracynow on Jul 31, 2013

www.democracynow.org – The sentencing hearing for Army whistleblower Bradley Manning begins today following his acquittal on the most serious charge he faced, aiding the enemy, but conviction on 20 other counts. On Tuesday, Manning was found guilty of violating the Espionage Act and other charges for leaking hundreds of thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks. In beating the “aiding the enemy” charge, Manning avoids an automatic life sentence, but he still faces a maximum of 136 years in prison on the remaining counts. In his first U.S. television interview since the verdict, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discusses the Manning “show trial,” the plight of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the verdict’s impact on WikiLeaks. “Bradley Manning is now a martyr,” Assange says. “He didn’t choose to be a martyr. I don’t think it’s a proper way for activists to behave to choose to be martyrs, but these young men — allegedly in the case of Bradley Manning and clearly in the case of Edward Snowden — have risked their freedom, risked their lives, for all of us. That makes them heroes.” According to numerous press reports, the conviction of Manning makes it increasingly likely that the U.S. will prosecute Assange as a co-conspirator. During the trial, military prosecutors portrayed Assange as an “information anarchist” who encouraged Manning to leak hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents.

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Facing Rest of Life Behind Bars, Will Bradley Manning’s Sentencing Weigh Lack of Harm to U.S.?

democracynow on Jul 31, 2013

www.democracynow.org – Despite being acquitted on his most serious charge of “aiding the enemy,” Army Private Bradley Manning still faces up to 136 years in prison for the 20 other counts on which he was convicted. The sentencing phase begins today and is expected to last a week. We speak with independent journalist Alexa O’Brien from outside the courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, where she has covered the trial daily since it began. O’Brien was the first to make transcripts of the court proceedings publicly available. During Manning’s trial, presiding judge Col. Denise Lind rejected a bid by defense attorneys to cite evidence showing the leaks caused no damage to the United States. Manning’s attorneys had sought to present “damage assessment” reports that contradicted prosecutors’ contention that Manning harmed national security and aided U.S. foes. “This trial has been about probable harm — there’s been no actual harm actually on the merits,” O’Brien says. “Now that we are in the sentencing phase and Manning faces 136 years, we can actually start to talk about the the lack of actual damage from these leaks.”

see also:


Bradley Manning acquitted of “Aiding the Enemy” charge, month-long sentencing phase now determines fate



Transcripts from Bradley Manning’s Trial


Bradley #Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy + Guilty of 19 Counts

The End of Freedom of the Press by Graham Peebles

Criticizing Military = Aiding the Enemy? Bradley Manning Charge Upheld + Michael Ratner: All Publishers Are At Risk

The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning by Chris Hedges

Transcript of Bradley Manning’s Statement for the Providence Inquiry

“Collateral Murder” Video allegedly shows US forces killing two reporters and six others By Daniel Tencer

4 thoughts on “Julian Assange: Bradley Manning Has Become a Martyr + Alexa O’Brien: There’s Been No Actual Harm

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  4. Bradley Manning did show us what happened on the front line, significant in the reappraisal of who the enemy are.

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