Truth on Trial

Bradley Manning, Crimes Against Humanity and the Values of International Law By VIJAY PRASHAD During his June-July 2013 court martial, Private First Class Bradley Manning sat impassive. He had been in custody from May 2010, which included harsh treatment for almost a year at the military base in Quantico, Virginia. Manning had already pleaded guilty to 10 charges in February—these were the minor ones—and he held that the remainder (12 charges) should be thrown out by the military because he had released secret material to reveal “the [...]

President Obama Speaks on Manning and the Rule of Law

President Obama Speaks on Manning and the Rule of Law By Glenn Greenwald Protesters Thursday interrupted President’s Obama speech at a $5,000/ticket San Francisco fundraiser to demand improved treatment for Bradley Manning. After the speech, one of the protesters, Logan Price, approached Obama and questioned him. Obama’s responses are revealing on multiple levels. First, Obama said this when justifying Manning’s treatment (video and transcript are here): We’re a nation of laws. We don’t let individuals make their own decisions about how the laws operate. He broke the [...]

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