4 Mar 2013
American Attorney for Julian Assange, Michael Ratner, reports he was in the courtroom and witnessed Bradley Manning speak with confidence and intelligence as he detailed the outrages that drove him to upload documents to WikiLeaks. While Manning has not pleaded guilty to charges of espionage and aiding the enemy, he has pleaded guilty to lesser charges related to distribution. One of the many atrocities he helped expose was the killing of unarmed Reuters staff members in Iraq by a US military helicopter crew. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison if convicted of espionage.
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Editor’s Note: Journalist Alexa O’Brien drafted and published a transcript of the statement that was read out by Manning in court last week. You might also be interested in this article by Chris Hedges, “We Are Bradley Manning,” at Truthdig.