We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Freedom of the Press Foundation Publishes Leaked Audio of Bradley Manning’s Statement

Click here to access article by Trevor Timm and Rainey Reitman from Freedom of the Press Foundation..

 Manning is currently undergoing a series of pre-trial hearings in preparation for an expected Army trial (court martial) in June of this year. 

In the current hearing he was finally able to explain his motives for leaking information about US military's war crimes in Iraq and other related information. While aggressively pursuing the maximum charge of "aiding and abetting the enemy", for which he could be sentenced to death, the US government has been severely restricting freedom of information about his treatment and coverage of these pre-trial hearings. 

...more than two years after their release, the information provided by Manning is used every day by journalists and historians in major publications are the world [sic] to enlighten and inform the public, both in the United States and around the world. In a time when the extent and reach of U.S. government secrecy is unprecedented, and there are credible reports that the government has abused its secrecy and classification systems to cover up numerous illegal and unconstitutional activities, Manning’s actions should be seen as an overdue sliver of sunlight into an overly secret system rather than as a basis for a prosecution seeking decades of imprisonment.
This article provides the leaked full audio testimony of his statement in the hearing on February 28th. You can also read the unofficial complete transcript provided by his support group, Free Bradley Manning. I recommend this briefer excerpt of his testimony in the following 5:08m video provided by Laura Poitras.

See also Daniel Ellsberg's article regarding Manning's testimony from Huffington Post.