Supporters holding vigil at Fort Meade
The U.S. government concluded its five-week case against PFC Bradley Manning the first week of July after providing a surprising lack of evidence that the Army soldier had “aided the enemy” by passing military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks. In response, Bradley’s defense filed four motions to direct a verdict of not guilty on most of the greater offenses he’s charged with, including “aiding the enemy,” violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and stealing government property.
All four motions are filed under Rule for Court Martial 917 (d), which says a not-guilty verdict shall be granted in the “absence of some evidence which, together with all reasonable inferences and applicable presumptions, could reasonably tend to establish every essential element of an offense charged.” Each motion carefully lays out the ways in which the government’s own witnesses failed to confirm the prosecution’s arguments set forth in opening arguments.
Defense concludes with star witness
On the final day of Bradley Manning’s defense’s case, Harvard Law Professor and renowned scholar Yochai Benkler testified about how the Internet has transformed journalism’s function in a democracy and why WikiLeaks should be considered a legitimate news organization that is devoted to exposing corruption. He testified that since its inception WikiLeaks has played a critical role in investigative journalism and that the leak of the Iraq and Afghan war logs revealed large disparities between civilian casulaties reported by the government those reported from the released documents.
Benkler was extremely critical of the unlawful pretrial abuse Bradley Manning endured and said that such abuse was meant to strike fear into future whistleblowers, and that it threatened investigative journalism as a whole. Further, the charges gainst Manning, if found guilty, would set a dangerous precedent whereby any news organization or journalist covering government corruption could be charged with 'aiding the enemy'. Earlier in the week former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Col. Morris Davis testified that the released Guantanamo Detainee Assessments were not a threat to national security and that they revealed much less than other documents that had already been published by the Pentagon.
Worldwide call to action July 27th
Marching for Bradley
On Friday, July 26, 2013 we will have our major protest in Washington D.C. outside the office of the convening authority for Bradley Manning's trial. The following day, July 27, we ask supporters around the world to hold solidarity actions for what will be the last coordinated Day of Action of Bradley Manning's trial.
Looking for an idea for an event? Consider putting on this street theatre performance written by Claire Lebowitz which was performed at NYC Pride and other solidarity events. It only requires 2 performers and its a wonderful way to charge your event and catch peoples interest!
Washington, DC. Protest in front of Convening Authority Maj. General Buchanan's office
||Rally and banner drop. (pdf poster)
|Los Angeles, CA.
||Solidarity with Bradley Manning Stand Out.
||Support Bradley Manning Rally.
||March for Bradley Manning.
||July 27th Solidarity Rally for Bradley Manning
||Peaceful vigil in front of the Amnesty International Secretariat office.
||International Day of Action for Bradley.
||Education and Awareness-Whistleblowers.
Courtroom art auction to raise funds for Bradley's defense
Original Watercolor Portrait of Private Bradley Manning by Court Artist Debra Van Poolen. Medium: Watercolor
The Bradley Manning Support Network is pleased to announce that courtroom artists Kay Rudin, Clark Stoeckley, and Debra Van Poolen are auctioning off artwork which they have produced while observing the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. This week features art from Debra. New items will be added each week so check back often as we lead into the July 27 worldwide call to action!
The online auction will last three weeks, beginning July 9 and ending July 29. Each week new pieces will be added. The auction is timed to lead up to and encompass an International Day of Action on July 27 when people around the globe will demonstrate their support for Bradley.
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