If you had free reign over classified networks… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC … what would you do?
God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth … because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public. - Quotes from an online chat attributed to Bradley ManningOn 3 June the trial of PFC Bradley Manning finally began. He will have spent over three years in prison. During his first year of incarceration the conditions Bradley was kept in amounted to torture and were condemned by the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez.
The American government has devoted great energy and resources to the persecution of Bradley Manning since his arrest in 2010 for releasing documents to WikiLeaks that exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is all part of President Obama's war on whistleblowers that has led to his administration arresting more people under the 1917 Espionage Act than all of the previous governments put together. Up until Obama took office, the US government had only prosecuted three whistleblowers in 40 years. Now under Obama six people have/are being prosecuted for their whistleblowing activities.