Michael Moore and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Demand the US Free Bradley Manning
While we were lucky enough to spend this past holiday weekend with all of our friends and family members, openly gay, PFC Bradley Manning has remained behind bars with no contact to his family after being accused of releasing the “Collateral Murder” video on WikiLeaks in 2010. Last week, though, Manning had a few high-profile supporters demanding his release. Filmmaker Michael Moore sent an open letter to President Obama in which he suggested 10 priorities for his second term as president—Number 9 on the list is free Bradley Manning. Here’s what he wrote:
FREE BRADLEY MANNING. End the persecution and prosecution of an American hero. Bush and Cheney lied to a nation to convince us to go to war. Manning allegedly hacked the war criminals’ files and then shared them with the American public (and the world) so that we could learn the truth about Iraq and Afghanistan. Our history is full of such people who “break the law” for the greater good of humanity. Army Specialist Bradley Manning deserves a medal, not prison.
Last week, three Nobel Peace Laureates—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, and Adolof Perez Esquivel—wrote a letter of support for Manning published in The Nation and The Guardian. In it they urge others “to stand up in support of this whistleblower who defended their democratic rights…If Bradley Manning released the documents attributed to him, we should express to him our gratitude for his efforts toward accountability in government, informed democracy and peace.”