June 1, 2013 12 noon – 4 pm
“If you had free reign over classified networks… and you saw incredible things, awful things … things that belonged in the pubic domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC … what would you do?”
“God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates and reforms … I want people to see the truth …because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”
Defence Secretary Robert M. Gates has called the effect of Wikileaks’ releases on US foreign relations “fairly modest”. Yet the Obama administration has chosen to persecute the whistle-blower rather than prosecute the war criminals who were exposed.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee PFC Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst, is accused of releasing the Collateral Murder video that shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. He is also accused of sharing the Afghan War Diary , the Iraq War Logs and a series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. These documents were published by Wikileaks, and they have illuminated such issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq, along with a number of human rights abuses by US-funded contractors and foreign militaries, and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy.
Honor the dead, heal the wounded, stop the wars.