On his 1000th Day in Prison, 50+ Cities Demand “Free Bradley Manning”

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Activists in cities ranging from Berlin to London to Chicago marked the 1000th day in prison for Bradley Manning – a young gay man locked up for allegedly leaking the U.S. diplomatic communications published by Wikileaks. 

In Chicago the protest was held at Pritzger Park, 400 S. State Street (corner of State & Van Buren).

The documents leaked by Manning exposed the rampant criminality in American foreign policy – but President Obama has chosen to imprison the alleged leaker, Manning, rather than those who committed violent war crimes such as massacring journalists and other civilians in Iraq [2] [3] [4]

Manning’s exposure of the corruption of the oligarchy in Tunisia helped kick off the ‘Arab Spring,’ toppling and imperiling U.S.-supported dictators around the region.  And the diplomatic cables he leaked showed the Obama administration’s support for the 2009 military coup in Honduras [2], the first successful Latin American coup in a decade and half, that led to a wave of violence against LGBTs and others, making it the murder capital of the world. 

No less an authority than Daniel Ellsberg, exposer of the Vietnam War era Pentagon Papers, has said Bradley Manning “is a hero in my heart. He did what he should have done.”

From Russia to Saudi Arabia to Iran, the leaks show that both Obama and Bush have consistently promoted American domination over the world versus human rights.  Adding insult to injury, Obama has taken Bush’s expansion of the national security state to truly frightening proportions, prosecuting more whistle-blowers like Manning than every previous administration combined.

The protest in Chicago was co-sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network and Chicago World Can’t Wait.  For more information email LGBTliberation@aol.com or call 773.209.1187  For more information about protests around the world, go to www.BradleyManning.org

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