Thursday, December 16, 2010

Free Bradley Manning!

Glenn Greenwald, from a must-read post:

Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has never been convicted of that crime, nor of any other crime. Despite that, he has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia for five months -- and for two months before that in a military jail in Kuwait -- under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many nations, even torture. Interviews with several people directly familiar with the conditions of Manning's detention, ultimately including a Quantico brig official (Lt. Brian Villiard) who confirmed much of what they conveyed, establishes that the accused leaker is subjected to detention conditions likely to create long-term psychological injuries.

In other words, Manning is being tortured. (Read the whole post.) And for what?

For revealing the truth.

We should all, those of us who care about liberty and freedom and oppose authoritarian government (which a government that detains anyone in this manner and on such grounds certainly is), should be outraged -- and should demand not just his human treatment but his release.

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