An Innocent Question

Now that US military sources have admitted that they have comprehensively failed to link Bradley Manning with Wikileaks and Julian Assange personally, could they ease up on the treatment Bradley is receiving please? Why continue to apply pressure for a confession that cannot be made?

Update

According to CBS yesterday, US investigators are saying that they never expected to find a “direct link” between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. My personal reaction to this particular revelation is strictly of the “yeah, right” variety, but this part of the article is undoubtedly true:

The case against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning didn’t hinge on investigators uncovering a direct link to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange anyway, CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports.

Bradley Manning is in great need of our support and there needs to be much greater public awareness of the gravity of his case – this certainly applies in the UK, but internationally too. Also of note in the CBS report is this, which I haven’t seen reported elsewhere:

Manning’s lawyer told The Associated Press Friday that a mental-health investigation to determine if Manning can stand trial will likely begin in February.

I believe that the military is obliged to bring a case before the autumn, when Bradley Manning’s tour of duty would have ended.

(Thanks to wikileaksfan1 for bringing the CBS story to my attention)

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5 responses to “An Innocent Question

  1. Shocking news this – I had absolutely no idea that Manning had dual citizenship, even though I consider myself reasonably up-to-date with the Wikileaks saga…

    Manning’s reported treatment really is disgusting – I’m surprised that international pressure groups such as Avaaz, for example, haven’t done more to draw attention (unwelcome to some, I’m sure) to the whole issue.

    • Hi Shaun,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I also had no idea Bradley Manning held dual citizenship until I read Glenn Greenwald’s salon article of 15th December. Few pieces of writing have had quite such a profound impact on me. More needs to be done to spread awareness in the UK and more needs to be done to get our politicians to make a stand. I’m on the case in my own small way (more on that soon), but any help from similarly concerned people would be very very welcome. Let me know if you’re in!

      Thanks again.

      Naomi

      • Forgot to add: the reason why you hadn’t heard that Bradley is a UK citizen is because no mainstream UK media outlet has reported it. I’ve checked! This in itself is something that should be pursued rather urgently.

  2. Now that US military sources have admitted that they have comprehensively failed to link Bradley Manning with Wikileaks and Julian Assange personally, could they ease up on the treatment Bradley is receiving please?

    That some alleged US military sources have admitted no link has yet been uncovered to comprehensively link Bradley Manning to Julian Assange is moot how a prisoner, any prisoner, should be treated. All prisoners, including Bardley Manning, should not be tortured and/or subjected to cruel and inhumane treatement(s).

    Why continue to apply pressure for a confession that cannot be made?

    From a humane point of view, there is not reason. From a political point of view – in the hope of extracting a confession so to aid the extradition of Julian Assange and the prosecution of Bradley Manning.

    awbMaven

  3. Hmmm, more haste less speed. Insert a “to” and change a “not” to a “no” where you see fit.

    Also, if you’re a Tweeter, search the hashtag #BradleyManning #FreeManning #freebrad, #FreeBradley, and perhaps even my personal Twitter name, @awbMaven

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