"Hello?" said Debra Sweet. Thankfully because I thought I was going deaf when there was silence at first. They had to do some technical stuff to fix it so that he could be heard.
Matthis explained, "It is so important that people start being supportive of Brad Manning right now."
He said that they needed to talk about him, write about him, get the word out on him.
So let me do that via C.I.'s snapshot today:
Bradley Manning. Monday April 5th, WikiLeaks released US military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two Reuters journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh. Monday June 7th, the US military announced that they had arrested Bradley Manning and he stood accused of being the leaker of the video. This month, the military charged Manning. Leila Fadel (Washington Post) reported in August that Manning had been charged -- "two charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The first encompasses four counts of violating Army regulations by transferring classified information to his personal computer between November and May and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system. The second comprises eight counts of violating federal laws governing the handling of classified information." Manning has been convicted in the public square despite the fact that he's been convicted in no state and has made no public statements -- despite any claims otherwise, he has made no public statements. Manning is now in Virginia, under military lock and key and still not allowed to speak to the press
Tonight, Matthis explained, "We need you to hear this call to action. Whoever released this video didn't do it because they wanted to be a hero or whatever, they did it because the contents were so shocking and so disturbing."
He offered some things that people could do such as donating money to Bradley's defense, to organizing your community, to getting the word out.
Debra Sweet asked how the military service members were responding to the WikiLeaks and to Bradley?
He said that some were "taking it as a call to go back and look at their own" videos and other things from Iraq to see if they had something that needed releasing. He noted that what might seem normal while in the war might, if looked at later, cause someone to respond, "This is atrocious!"
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: