*UPDATED* Bradley Manning supporters to converge in SF Tue/30


UPDATE: Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy, guilty on five espionage charges, and guilty on five theft charges. You can find detailed coverage on Democracy Now.

A verdict in the trial of gay whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning is expected to be announced tomorrow, July 30, at 1pm Eastern time. Local activists with the Bradley Manning Support Network are gearing up to converge in San Francisco at 5pm at Market and Powell streets to respond publicly to the judge’s ruling.

Manning was arrested in 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to Wikileaks, the whistleblower website that publicized secret U.S. diplomatic cables and aired classified footage capturing a military helicopter strike that fatally struck journalists and civilians.

U.S. Army Judge Denise Lind recently refused to dismiss the government charge of aiding the enemy. If found guilty on this charge, Manning could face life in prison.

After the verdict is announced, a month-long sentencing process will begin.


There is no independent judiciary in the United States. It's just a rubber stamp for the government in cases like these.

Posted by Greg on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 7:35 am

then it follows from that that the courts are biased?

What is it like on your planet?

Posted by anon on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 7:42 am

He is a dissident who chose not to sit idly by while war crimes were being committed. That's what you're supposed to do under the Geneva Conventions. That's what the Nuremburg Trials taught us. The people shooting at Iraqi civilians from helicopters and laughing about it are the criminals. But when the whole system is criminal, it protects the criminals and makes political prisoners out of the heroes.

Posted by Greg on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 7:54 am

majority of Americans. You do understand that and how out of left field you are with this, right?

Posted by anon on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 8:27 am

of the viewpoints of the majority of Americans. Thankfully. Only losers root for their oppressors. I mean you, anon. Ruling class wannabe. That door will never open for you.

Viva Bradley Manning. Viva Edward Snowden. Viva Daniel Ellsberg. See you at Powell and Market at 5 PM.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 8:58 am

unrepresentative and, instead, we should be ruled by - whom exactly?

A supreme soviet committee appointed only by progressives from their outpost in District 6 of SF?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 9:09 am

that the people rule. Our system is far removed from democracy. Show trials and demonstration elections.

Someone like yourself with authoritarian fascist tendencies wants to be "ruled by" someone. You are joined only by the small minority of residents that participate in the farce of our two party democracy (sic), more accurately described as a two party corporate military dictatorship.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 9:23 am

elected officials, and replace that and then with, er, what exactly?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 9:35 am

A majority do. While those who cannot be bothered to vote can reasonable be deemed to not know or care.

But hey, nobody is stopping you starting a revolution. Let me know how that works out for you.

Posted by anon on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 9:45 am

vote in general elections, but that number is a minority of voting age residents. If people felt that voting impacted their lives, they would vote.

Coke or Pepsi.

McDonald's or Burger King.

Shit or Piss.

Democrat or Republican.

Bought and Sold.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 9:56 am

electoral system?

Describe how power would be projected in your ideal world.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 10:07 am

But that post is certainly stupid.

Posted by Matlock on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 12:45 am

The answer is yes. He is both a hero and a traitor. Same with Snowden. The government isn't doing anything different than any other PRIVATE concern was doing already. Knowledge is power. If you want privacy, stay off the internet. Many knew this already, and those that didn't or didn't want to acknowledge that previously are now educated. For that he is a hero. He is a traitor, because he released confidential docs not related to those issues, without caring whether or not they caused "collateral damage". Those documents did fall into enemy hands.
BTW - Manning's sexuality has zero relavence to this case.

Posted by Richmondman on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 9:57 am

his sexuality.

It just doesn't matter!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 10:08 am

because the US is not in a declared war. There is no enemy according to our constitutional system (except of course, the public, which the state considers its biggest enemy.)

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 10:22 am

An espionage conviction does not require a declaration of war, nor even actual harm resulting. It is more the act itself that is the crime.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 10:49 am

Congress's declaration post-9/11 is still in effect, which gives broad war powers to the President. It's a deplorable but legal state of affairs.

Posted by Hortencia on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

Let the riots begin.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 10:06 am

0.1 of one percent of the population of the Bay Area.

SFBG will categorize that as a massive gathering of support, but everyone else will see it for what it is - a massive expression of indifference.

Yes, that's right, 99.9% of the folks in the Bay Area do not give a flying crap that Manning is going to the Big House for life.

Chew on that, Rebecca.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

minus one person doesn't give a flying crap what you think. When are the comments closed again?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

Thank you for that. Don't you just love the Establishment Ass-Eaters on here? Whatever their corporate mainstream television and corporatist politicians tell them they mindlessly believe. They follow the directions they are taught by that box, because everything you see on television must be true. What exactly is the meaning of fascist again? Most of these comments read like they always do. They're predictable. Please close comments permanently. The place is a fucking cesspool. And for my last comment:


Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

what he did. But that doesn't matter to you because . . . . ?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 30, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

Statement on Verdict in Bradley Manning Court-Martial
by Julian Assange
Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by WikiLeaks

Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offences for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years.

The ’aiding the enemy’ charge has fallen away. It was only included, it seems, to make calling journalism ’espionage’ seem reasonable. It is not.

Bradley Manning’s alleged disclosures have exposed war crimes, sparked revolutions, and induced democratic reform. He is the quintessential whistleblower.

This is the first ever espionage conviction against a whistleblower. It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism. It is a short sighted judgment that can not be tolerated and must be reversed. It can never be that conveying true information to the public is ’espionage’.

President Obama has initiated more espionage proceedings against whistleblowers and publishers than all previous presidents combined.

In 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama ran on a platform that praised whistleblowing as an act of courage and patriotism. That platform has been comprehensively betrayed. His campaign document described whistleblowers as watchdogs when government abuses its authority. It was removed from the internet last week.

Throughout the proceedings there has been a conspicuous absence: the absence of any victim. The prosecution did not present evidence that - or even claim that - a single person came to harm as a result of Bradley Manning’s disclosures. The government never claimed Mr. Manning was working for a foreign power.

The only ’victim’ was the US government’s wounded pride, but the abuse of this fine young man was never the way to restore it. Rather, the abuse of Bradley Manning has left the world with a sense of disgust at how low the Obama administration has fallen. It is not a sign of strength, but of weakness.

The judge has allowed the prosecution to substantially alter the charges after both the defense and the prosecution had rested their cases, permitted the prosecution 141 witnesses and extensive secret testimony. The government kept Bradley Manning in a cage, stripped him naked and isolated him in order to crack him, an act formally condemned by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for torture. This was never a fair trial.

The Obama administration has been chipping away democratic freedoms in the United States. With today’s verdict, Obama has hacked off much more. The administration is intent on deterring and silencing whistleblowers, intent on weakening freedom of the press.

The US first amendment states that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press". What part of ’no’ does Barack Obama fail to comprehend?

(Julian Assange is an Australian editor, activist, journalist, and founder of Wikileaks.)

Posted by Guest on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 1:30 am

risk. Assange and Snowden run and hide, and lose all credibility IMO.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 4:13 am

From someone (you) who holds no credibility on this site, why would you think your opinion about someone else's credibility matters?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 4:52 am
Posted by Guest on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 5:23 am

To the ignoramus who posted at 4:13 am

Neither Assange or Snowden are hiding. "Hiding" implies we don't know where they are. The entire world (except you apparently) know where both of them are and they have even made appearances. Snowden had a news conference recently with lots of media in the transit area of the Russian airport where he's staying seeking asylum in Russia. You can look that up for the details. Use a search engine. Assange appears near the balcony on occasion in Equador's Embassy in London where he was granted asylum. He can't come outdoors. You can look that up too for the details. Damn, you must not keep up. Typical, sad and pathetic.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 5:01 am

else is "manning up" (geddit?) to your acts then that phrase has lost all meaning.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 5:24 am

Sorry, everyone, that's it for now. Come to our forum tonight (Wed/31) or send a letter to news@sfbg.com if you want to comment further this week. http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2013/07/25/calling-all-trolls-youll-have-co...

Posted by steven on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 8:23 am