TheRealNews on Aug 21, 2013
Advocates say sentence is a serious blow to whistleblowers and investigative journalism, Manning plans to appeal and request President Obama for a pardon.
Join Amnesty International and the Bradley Manning Support Network in signing a petition to President Obama….
Remarks by Ralph Nader on the Bradley Manning Verdict
One would have thought that exposing high level criminal and other abusive behavior by [the] government would have been received with reforms and compensation for victims. Instead, the exposed perpetrators managed the torturing and prosecution of a civil disobeying patriot as a traitor. It is time to recall the words of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Mason.
Clemency is the next call for Bradley Manning by his legions of supporters from all political backgrounds. He has suffered enough.
(Even former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates shrugged off the disclosures as perhaps embarrassing but not constituting any serious breeches of or damage to contemporary national security.)
Chris Hedges On Bradley Manning Being Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison
TheRealNews on Aug 22, 2013
Chris Hedges speaks to The Real News in an exclusive interview responding to Wikileaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning being sentenced to 35 years in prison.
“I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am a Female”: Bradley Manning Announces Gender Transition
democracynow on Aug 22, 2013
www.democracynow.org – In breaking news, defense attorney David Coombs has shared a statement announcing Bradley Manning’s gender transition to female and name change to Chelsea Manning. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning says. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.” Coombs said Manning had not wanted his sexual identity issues to become public, but they did after his arrest in 2010.
As Bradley Manning Announces “I am Female,” Attorney Discusses Role of Gender Issues During Trial
democracynow on Aug 22, 2013
Watch the full interview with attorney David Coombs conducted by independent Alexa O’Brien on Democracy Now! at http://owl.li/oaJvT. When asked how Bradley Manning’s struggles with gender identity affected him in the military, Coombs says: “I think to minimize Brad and say he is one thing and only one thing is not to do justice to him and how complex he is as a person. I think, from the defense’s perspective, we had to look at the entire picture of why he did certain things. And it was clear—and you can see that from the Lamo chats—why he would leak certain information, believing that this information was important for the public to know, believing that it might spark reforms, it might spark debate, it might make a difference in the world. Those are firmly held beliefs that we embraced, obviously, as part of his defense. But you wouldn’t do justice to what he was going through without recognizing that he had those beliefs at the same time that he was struggling with a very, very personal issue that was really at the center and core of who he was and who he hoped to be. And he was in a position now of dealing with that in a deployed environment, where he couldn’t reach out for help, where he couldn’t turn to the next person and say, “Hey, I’m struggling with this issue. Can you help me?” because if he did that, he would no longer be in the military.
In the full interview, Coombs also talks about the government’s use of classified evidence, Manning’s reaction to the sentence and how much of the court record was hidden from the public.
Manning states he’s ‘female’, wants to live as ‘Chelsea’
RussiaToday on Aug 22, 2013
US Army Private Bradley Manning, sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents on Wednesday, announced that he would like to live out the rest of his life as a woman. The whistleblower has asked to refer to him by the name Chelsea Manning. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/aptei1
International Law Required Manning to be a Whistleblower
TheRealNews on Aug 22, 2013
Vijay Prashad: Obama Admin pursuit of Manning probably illegal under international law
Ann Wright On Bradley Manning Being Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison
TheRealNews on Aug 23, 2013
Ann Wright speaks to The Real News in an exclusive interview responding to Wikileaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning being sentenced to 35 years in prison
Heroic whistle-blower addresses gender publicly: ready to move on to next phase of her life
by Chelsea Manning
August 22, 2013
The Next Stage of My Life
I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.
As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.
Chelsea E. Manning
Chelsea’s mailing address remains:
Commander, HHC USAG
Attn: PFC Bradley Manning
239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417
JBM-HH, VA 22211
Video from press conference: statements from lawyer, Bradley Manning, and family
SaveBradley on Aug 21, 2013
Bradley Manning attorney reads statement from whistleblower.
pardon.bradleymanning.org / Petition: http://tinyurl.com/cja3z9k
On August 21, 2013, immediately following sentencing, lead defense attorney David Coombs responds to client’s 35-year sentence, along with Amnesty International’s Naureen Shah, Courage to Resist’s Jeff Paterson, and retired Col. Ann Wright.