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Monday, December 27, 2010

Saving Private Bradley Manning

Private First Class Bradley Manning is the person being held in detention at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia for allegedly releasing 260,000 confidential US government cables to WikiLeaks. It's been confirmed that he is in solitary confinement, only allowed out of his cell for one hour a day and is on suicide watch. Will they offer him a deal too good to refuse - a lighter sentence or even aquittal - if he will implicate Julian Assange?

The New York Times has already noted that "By bringing a case against Assange, as a conspirator, the government would not have to confront awkward questions about why it was not prosecuting traditional news organisations or journalists who also disclosed information the government said should be kept secret....."

Assange has already been hurt badly by US financial corporations when they cut off his money supply and he can't continue for long without it. American values of fairness and truth are being sorely tested while the world waits and watches to see what happens to Private Manning. He's already been in custody for six months so will he make a full confession implicating Assange. If he does and Assange is arrested, will the world stand for it?