Bradley Manning: Over 2 Years In Prision

The day we last saw Assange he was making declarations on a balcony at the Ecuatorian embassy, the same day, Manning had over 800 days in prision. 817 to be exact. He is being held at Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, the same prision that held Al Capone in his days.

Manning is held there for being responsible of the biggest leak in classified american warfare and diplomatic correspondance in US ever.

The government believes Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents while he worked as an intelligence analyst near Baghdad during the Iraq war. The government alleges Manning handed the information to WikiLeaks which sparked tremendous controversy when it began publishing it in late summer 2010.

For the past two years, Assange has been careful to not say whether Manning was or was not the source of the information. It’s worth noting that Manning, too, has not said a word on the subject either (though a chat log published by Wired magazine, the government argues, suggests Manning is the source.)

He is facing over 20 charges and is scheduled to start his trial on September 21. He’s accused of wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, knowing that it was accessible to the enemy and multiple counts of theft of public records. The most serious charge “aiding the enemy” makes Manning eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors have said they’ll not seek that. Many experts on the topic say that Mr Manning may or may not be the rest of his life in prison. During Assange’s declarations he said “If he really did as he is accused, then he is a hero.”,  “an example to us all and one of the world’s foremost political prisoners.”

But Manning still fight through he’s supporters. A YouTube video shows a throng of protesters outside Obama’s Oakland Campaign office doors. They played instruments and chanted, “We want freedom for Bradley Manning!”

Link to Assange’s declaration video

World: Why I think Assange is a hero

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Hello there and today I’m going to talk about why I think Julian Assange is innocent. First of all lets talk about who is he and why he does what he does. Taken from wikipedia’s article on Assange:

Julian Paul Assange (born 3 July 1971) is an Australian editor, activist, political talk show host, computer programmer, publisher and journalist. He is best known as the editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks, a media website which has published information from whistleblowers. The site acts as a conduit for worldwide news leaks, with a stated purpose of creating open governance.”

Basicly he is the one behind WikiLeaks. and He is now under protection of the Equatorian embassy in London because he is avoiding extradition to Sweden. Equator is asking The UK for a safe passage out of the country for Assange. This was in vane, The UK refused to grant a “safe passage” out of the country for Assange after Equator announced that they are giving him political asylum.

President Rafael Correa said in an interview:

“The main reason why Julian Assange was given diplomatic asylum was because his extradition to a third country was not guaranteed; in no way was it done to interrupt the investigations of Swedish justice over an alleged crime. In no way.”

What does this tell us? That if Assange is sent to Sweden to face “justice” for his “crimes”, this may just be under bullshit charges to then be extradited to America where he will face American justice because his website released information about the U.S. government that the U.S. didn’t wanted to be known.

I mean, I love Disney and have nothing against the country but it is known that when something happens and the American Government doesn’t like it, you can almost guarantee that it is GONE from the face of the earth. This is not new, this comes from years and years of arrogance from part of the U.S. I mean, if you are the biggest kid in the playground, you get the feeling that you own the playground and that is what happened to the U.S. after “winning” the cold war.

Now, let’s take a look at WikiLeaks. The word Leak means: a disclosure of secret, especially official, information, as tothe news media, by an unnamed source. This means that someone from the inside gave the information to Assange, so he is not completely guilty for this.

The reason why I think Assange is a hero is because you need balls to do what he did and he spitted on the face of a giant without being afraid of what would happen to him. He took out the dirty laundry and showed it to the world beacuse he believed that the world needed to know that their governments are not as transparent as they should and he made a more informed world and I believe that what he did was the right thing to do.