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


Update: Julian Assange Breaks The Silence!

In the last hours, Mr Julian Assange made a declaration from a balcony on the Ecuador embassy on The UK. Assange demanded the U.S. to stop the “witch hunt” against WikiLeaks and himself. “As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the Health of our societies” said Assange during his declaration. I agree with him, like I said on my previous post on Assange which I’ll link HERE, I said that It’s known that when something happens and the American Government doesn’t like it, It’s going down.

“The U.S. war on whistleblowers must end” and called for the freedom of Mr Bradley Manning, a U.S. solider suspected of giving hundreds of thousands of pages of secret American government documents to Assange for publication on WikiLeaks. These people are not traitors, or deserters, they are the people that stand by what they believe is right and have the balls to do what they did.

Assange fled to the embassy to avoid extradition to sweden where he would be questioned for alleged “sex crimes”. Like I said on my last post on Assange, he would only be extradited to sweden under bullshit charges just to later be taken to America where he would face charges for treason.

Assange’s attorney Baltazar Garzon said Mr Assange is willing to answer Swedish prosecutors questions, but only if he is given certain guarantees. I guess protection from extradition to America.

I will still be on the side of Assange because I believe that what he did was the right thing to grant transparency and inform people what their governments are hiding from them.

Original Report and Video