After almost a year of being cut off from the outside world, Bradley can now receive correspondence. Write a letter to him at the following address:
Commander, HHC USAG
Attn: PFC Bradley Manning
239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417
JBM-HH, VA 22211
The UK Government has a special responsibility towards Bradley, who is of course a British citizen. Henry Bellingham has said that the Government has “a responsibility to listen” to concerns raised about Bradley’s treatment – and the actions the UK Government takes on Bradley’s behalf are directly related to how vocal we can be in making those concerns heard.
- Write to your MP and let them know that we still have concerns about Bradley, in particular that he receive a fair trial.
- Ask your MP to sign EDM 1624. This is a useful measure of the extent of support Bradley has in Parliament.
- Approach your other representatives, be they Assembly Members, Members of the Scottish Parliament, or Members of the European Parliament and encourage them to set up a Statement of Support for Bradley.
Tell other people about Bradley. Whether you’re holding a full-scale demo, a benefit event or just discussing things with a friend, spreading the word about Bradley’s case is incredibly valuable. As should be obvious, much of the media coverage of Bradley’s case coming from the US is likely to be negative and misleading.
It’s also worth remembering that Bradley’s case isn’t happening in isolation: it’s part of a much larger offensive by the current US adminstration against whistleblowers and those who would support them. The combined impact of these actions is to send out a very worrying message: that citizens should not be able to know what it is their governments are doing and should not be able to challenge them. By educating those around you about the important role whistleblowers play in keeping governments accountable, you can do much to improve Bradley’s position.
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