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Bradley Manning: "Americans had a right to know the true cost of war."

After admitting guilt in 10 of 22 charges, soldier reveals how he came to share classified documents with WikiLeaks and talks of 'bloodlust' of US helicopter crew

by Ed Pilkington | The Guardian | February 28, 2013

Bradley Manning, the solider accused of the biggest unauthorised disclosure of state secrets in US history, has admitted for the first time to being the source of the leak, telling a military court that he passed the information to a whistleblowing website because he believed the American people had a right to know the "true costs of war".

Related: "...I Expected The American People To Rise Up. They Didn't."

At a pre-trial hearing on a Maryland military base, Manning, 25, who faces spending the rest of his life in military custody, read out a 35-page statement in which he gave an impassioned account of his motives for transmitting classified documents and videos he had obtained while working as an intelligence analyst outside Baghdad.

Sitting at the defence bench in a hushed courtroom, Manning said he was sickened by the apparent "bloodlust" of a helicopter crew involved in an attack on a group in Baghdad that turned out to include Reuters correspondents and children.

He believed the Afghan and Iraq war logs published by the WikiLeaks website, initially in association with a consortium of international media organisations that included the Guardian, were "among the more significant documents of our time revealing the true costs of war". The decision to pass the classified information to a public website was motivated, he told the court, by his depression about the state of military conflict in which the US was mired.

Manning said: "We were obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists and ignoring goals and missions. I believed if the public, particularly the American public, could see this it could spark a debate on the military and our foreign policy in general [that] might cause society to reconsider the need to engage in counter-terrorism while ignoring the human situation of the people we engaged with every day."

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His kind of bravery is what it will take to turn this all around


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Bradley Manning IS a hero.

End of story.


Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Bradley Manning is not a hero

Bradley Manning is not a hero. He is a criminal just as Julian Assange is a criminal. Their actions has endangered many innocent people and probably cause the deaths of some innocent people. - Yes the US is wagging morally unjust wars. Yes the US is engaged in illegal covert actions. But, exposing innocent people to danger is likewise immoral.

You're full of it, no one has died from any of the disclosures


And that's according to a retired military official. Keep lickin those establishment boots clean, you fucking stooge

You admit the US is waging

You admit the US is waging morally unjust wars. "innocent people" are placed in danger by being sent to an immoral war. This is not Bradley Manning's fault. If what you say is true and the wars are morally unjust, actions to peacefully stop the injustice are morally correct actions.

thank you

thank you


Thank you Michael

Rolling Stone just posted a great article:

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I guess he found out the hard way.

Nobody tells the ugly truth anymore.They rather bare false witness to truth.Satan likes that.He gets more souls that way.

Money talks and dogs bark

Bradley Manning is a true

Bradley Manning is a true American hero.


Why would the American people rise up, rise up for what? Bradley Manning is a mentally disturbed kid. For explanation of his behavior one need look no further than his history with homosexuality. He is deeply conflicted. The material he released was worthless. He didn't "expose" anything. He had in his little mind that some grand conspiracy was under foot and he released a bunch of documents he had never even looked at. No such conspiracy existed and he just looks like a crazy fool. New flash Daily Paulers, had secession from the USA been declared? This is still the USA and rule of law still applies.

All hail the Empire right

All hail the Empire right Neocon? Police state? What's that? You primates and your biblical hate inspired bullshit are the virus that lets tyrants thrive. Manning is a hero but all you are able to wrap your primitive little mind around is who he wants to hump. Children are being massacred by your beloved state, but the only evil you see are that some people like to hump weird stuff.

whistle blower!!

I think not. He is a human being, and a hero at that. He did the right thing and now he'll do 30 years. Thomas Jefferson seen this coming 200 plus years ago. What a shame.

dave anderson

Yup, they put the state above

Yup, they put the state above right/wrong.

They put the state above liberty.

I was in that business once...

Rather than corruption of the State Dept. and gleeful murderers in the Defense Dept, what became evident to me while in that same business, in the Caribbean years ago, were the sailors sent to our rather nice duty station after having been on the USS Liberty, some of them injured. From them I learned the truth, in spite of their gag order, which is, LBJ called back the already dispatched F-6's on the way to defend the ship, in order not to offend Moshe Dayan. 34 dead, 171 wounded. Treason. There were substantial checks all around, esp. for the wounded. A small price indeed for Israel to make America lick it's butt, I mean boot.

Please see my post on here from last week, The Dogma of Tyranny, and the Tyranny of Dogma: http://www.dailypaul.com/275970/the-dogma-of-tyranny-and-the...

"To the morally inverted, war appears as a quick, clear path to the top." -- Preston Parker

Ohhhh Mr. Beck

Mr. I am all the libertarian rage. Mr. Global Libertarian Network.
Where are you????
Time to put you money where your mouth is.

Let's see you dedicate time everyday to the Bradley Manning cause. You see, I was once a neo-con too, just like you. And I didn't get it. Now my eyes are open and its easy to see.

Come on Glenn, show us that your eyes are now open. Show how you have changed. Time to stop wading in the kiddy pool of liberty - time to jump in with both feet. Get on your show and explain to your listeners WHY Manning is the one who should be getting a MOH, not prison. If I have to explain why, then go back an re-re-name your network the global neo-con network(although Hannity may have the rights to it).

Come on Glenn, bring us together.

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Truth is tyranny in the empire of lies

300,000,000 people watch a guy do something incredibly brave and heroic and moral and right and incredibly selfless and then placidly watch him get sent to prison for life.

Blows the mind.

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What are you doing about it?

What are you doing about it? Sitting placidly?

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Ha! But I was sitting irritably, not placidly

You busted me! I'm sitting around too!

I wasn't expecting marches with pitchforks and the like, but maybe some more popular disgust with the whole deal.

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What about Nuremberg?

Judge asks Manning what would happen if the the lower ranks made their own moral decisions when issued orders, rather than just being good storm troopers. I wish Manning would have brought up the Nuremberg Trials.

To all the heroes.

I want to thank everyone who post the attrocities of our government. It takes a commitment to a greater life.
I know it is scary to put yourselves out in the open but I know for myself my desire for right out weights my fear.
This young man who leaked the video of the murder of the Ijaq civilians is a hero. He will receive his reward.

Cult of Statism

I know that one should never be surprised by the level of vitriol that can be mustered by those in the Cult of Statism, but in my morning perusal of “right wing news sources” (Drudge, The Blaze, etc…) I was appalled by the number of comments calling for his summary execution. These people claim to be followers of our founding principles and claim to hate big government, but can’t wait use the full force of the government to crush anyone who provides the slightest insight into the murderous tendencies of our foreign policy. These are the same people cheering on the sniper last week who took a picture of the Palestinian kid in his cross hair saying things like ‘Good for him! Palestinians don’t have children, they have terrorists in training’. Maybe I’m just a libertarian “pu**ie” (a la Anne Coulter) but I believe that life is precious and that anyone who stands up and denounces murderers is a hero.

Right-wingers NOT pro-life!

Oh my goodness! You are SO right on that I think you should write an article or something. I'd definitely link to it! These are just the kinds of things I keep saying on my FB wall, but many of my "friends" on there are actually Christians and CAN'T STAND what I'm saying. It blows my mind. (How can one be a "Christian" and believe we should be killing children? Oh, that's right - only Arab and Muslim children!) The whole Palestinian thing is disturbing to me, to say the least. Maybe if I posted something from someone else they'd listen... Then again, maybe not.

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. - Patrick Henry

There are a huge number of Americans

who don't want to know the true cost of war. They have a right to remain ignorant. The problem happens when they and some who already know want the rest of us not to know, too, and they are the ones with the power to make people pay for crossing their whims.

Defend Liberty!

This is just so wrong

I cannot believe what this man is going through - he is a hero, and I don't use that word often.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

here,here Manning is a national treasure! does anyone know

what became Aidrian Lamo(the D-bag who snitched out Manning)? I shudder at the thought he has been rewarded for his D-baggery while Manning rots in isolation absent basic human rights.At times I am so turned off by the "it's not happening to me" attitude that prevails I don't discuss what's really going on w/friends.I suppose it's a "you can lead a horse to water" type of quagmire.I wasn't really all in untill I was robbed and ruined by police.I am thankfull I found Anonymous and The Daily Paul.I am still being lied to and robbed but I don't feel as if I am all alone anymore.Thank you,Bradley Manning!

Aaron Russo, Nikola Tesla, Ron Paul, I'm jus' sayin'

You're my hero fishy :-)


Thanks, vince... I think... Heroes have a way of falling flat on their face that I'd rather avoid... lol!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Petition White House for a pardon

Would someone more articulate than I compose a petition to the White House to have this hero freed? Here's the link:


This president is stingy about pardons, but it might get some attention.

Good idea.

At least it's a start.

this case is barbaric

he has the courage of a lion, heart of a tin man, and brains of a scarecrow....

what Bradley manning didn't know was that Dorothy is a whore for the wizard and is all about blood over silver these days...

What can we do?

IS Jacksonian style conquest going to change their minds? Is petitioning congress/President? Is going through the courts? Starting a private charity? Raising Awareness?

I think not. Awareness in this country is called theory.... only when the "right" people are aware can awareness be fact. We have to face it, there is nothing we can do, America does not care about us, they laugh, ignore, hiss, or mock.. anything but think for themselves.

In 2013, I am over it. I will go on doing my thing knowing Manning will get shafted by a brainwashed thud, and life will go on in full force like a parade of flying monkeys.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.