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Campaign Kick-Off to Free Whistle-Blower Bradley Manning, Oakland, 9/16/10: photos & audio
Pfc. Bradley Manning released video of the murder of two Reuters reporters and several others by U.S. military members in Iraq. The video is viewable online at the Wikileak's website Collateral Murder. After being held without legal representation in Kuwait, the U.S. military is now holding Bradley Manning at Quantico, Virginia and he faces over 50 years in jail. His trial is expected to begin in the Spring of 2011. On September 16th, 2010, a new campaign to free Bradley Manning kicked off at the Humanist Hall in Oakland with the slogan, "Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime."
KFPA host Aimee Allison (pictured above) MC'd the event. She first introduced a 17-minute version of the leaked video which shows a U.S. helicopter gunning down several unarmed people including the Reuters reporters, and then shooting the surviving Reuters reporter and those attempting to rescue him, killing the adults and wounding two children -- all the while lying on the helicopter's radio about the weapons supposedly seen in the presence of the people they were shooting and callously making light of the situation.
Speakers included Carl John Davidson of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Jeff Patterson of Courage to Resist, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former US diplomat Col. Ann Wright (ret.), & Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg.
Daniel Ellsberg said, "I can only hope that [Bradley Manning's] example will inspire others."
Audio begins after presentation of video.
He said he will share the video with Bradley Manning the next time he visits.