From Socialist Voice, May 2011

Bradley Manning: a brave American soldier

An American soldier, Bradley Manning, was arrested a year ago for allegedly passing classified information to Wikileaks. This included the shocking video evidence of a massacre by an American helicopter crew of civilians in Baghdad on 12 July 2007.
     The video shows the photojournalist Namir Noor Eldeen and his companions being mowed down by machine-gun fire, accompanied by the bloodthirsty comments of the crew. They also fired on a van that stopped to tend to the wounded and dying men, killing the driver and badly wounding his two small children.
     The video was published by Wikileaks under the title “Collateral Murder” ( Another brave American soldier, Ethan McCord, who tended to the children, has spoken up publicly about this event.
     Bradley Manning was held in “maximum-custody” solitary confinement for nine months in the Marine Corps camp at Quantico, Virginia, in conditions that have been described as amounting to torture, until last month, when he was transferred to a military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. No charges have been brought against the helicopter crew.
     Whatever chance Manning had of a fair trial was compromised by Barack Obama, who publicly declared him to be guilty. When Obama comes here he should be asked to release Bradley Manning, and indeed to honour him.
     This case exposes the falseness of the image projected by the American military, and exposes Barack Obama and all the other humanitarian imperialists.

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