Based on NYT criteria, Snowden and Manning deserve clemency
January 10, 2014. By the Private Manning Support Network. Last week, the New York Times editorial board thrilled government transparency advocates worldwide when they released an article calling on President Obama to grant clemency to Edward Snowden. The same criteria all apply equally to Chelsea Manning.Read more »
Birthday and holiday thanks from Chelsea Manning
January 8, 2014. By the Private Manning Support Network. A new letter from Chelsea thanks supporters for all their birthday and holiday wishes! "I just wanted to share my gratitude for all of those who have been so generous to me by sending your well wishes for my birthday and the holidays" she writes. Read more »
Help us continue the battle to free prisoner of conscience Chelsea Manning in 2014!
December 21, 2013. By the Private Manning Support Network. Read about ongoing projects we are working on to support Chelsea while we fight for her immediate release, and consider donating to the defense fund so that we can continue our efforts through 2014! We have raised $26,000 so far of the $40,000 needed to sustain these projects. Read more »
David Coombs speaks: Transcript and video from West Coast events
December 13, 2013. By the Private Manning Support Network. Last week we hosted three exclusive events with Pvt. Chelsea Manning's lead civilian attorney, David Coombs. Drawing hundreds in attendance, these events provided a personal, in-depth report back of this past summer's historic trial as well as a look forward to the next phase in the fight to win justice for Manning.Read more »
PVT Chelsea Manning tells TIME Magazine what she's thankful for this Thanksgiving
TIME Magazine asked WikiLeaks whistleblower PVT Chelsea Manning what she's thankful for. Her answer was published alongside Michelle Obama's, Joe Biden's, and 14 others. Many people working for the betterment of society will appreciate her answer.Read more »
Send PVT Manning your birthday wishes!
November 25, 2013. By the Private Manning Support Network. On December 17, Private Chelsea Manning will turn 26. It will be the fourth birthday this young Army whistle-blower has spent in prison. Write her a letter of support! Read more »
Pvt. Manning attorney to speak in LA, Oakland, Seattle
November 19, 2013. By the Private Manning Support Network. David Coombs, attorney for American prisoner of conscience US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, will speak at three upcoming West Coast events hosted by the Private Manning Support Network.Read more »
Should we abandon WikiLeaks whistle-blower Pvt. Manning?
November 7, 2013. By the Private Manning Support Network. If your answer is "no," then we need your help. This American prisoner of conscience has shared her specific personal and legal goals going forward, and we need to raise $40,000 to fund these efforts that include her legal fees, family visits, transitioning, and education. Read more »
Letters from Chelsea Manning regarding the Support Network & David Coombs
October 30, 2013. By the Private Manning Support Network. These four documents were received this morning by the Private Manning Support Network, c/o Courage to Resist, directly from Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning via USPS Express Mail from Fort Leavenworth KS.Read more »
Alice Walker's letter of support for Chelsea Manning
October 24, 2013. By the Private Manning Support Network. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan has the power to reduce Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence to time served and hundreds of supporters have written letters in support. Read Alice Walker's letter, and write your own. Read more »
Update 1/14/13: Public pressure works! Sign these petitions today
Public pressure resulted in Chelsea's transfer from the abusive command at Quantico prison where she endured what the UN asserts was "cruel, inhuman and degrading" pretrial punishment. Last week another prisoners conditions were significantly improved after demonstrations by the public. Demonstrate your support for Chelsea Manning today! Read more »
Update 1/10/13: A song for Chelsea
Minstrel and progressive activist David Rovics composed a song to honor the heroic actions of Chelsea Manning, and he has posted an essay discussing how he changed the song to reflect Chelsea's identity. Read more »
Update 1/6/13: Solidarity event in Wales to raise funds to cover Chelsea's family visitation costs
Join Chelsea Manning’s Irish supporters along with her family and friends in west Wales for two days of events celebrating Truth. All proceeds will go to the Private Manning Family Fund, raising money to support family members in Wales with the cost of prison visits to Chelsea in Kansas.Read more »
Update 12/29/13: Alexa O'brien discusses Chelsea's trial at the 30C3 CCC conference in Hamburg
Watch the entire presentation as Alexa O'brien discusses the excessive secrecy that surrounded Chelsea's trial. Also, Amnesty International's petition calling for the immediate release of Chelsea Manning has reached 15,000 signatures. Sign it today. Read more »
Update 12/20/13: Interview with Chelsea's family in Dublin, Ireland
Action From Ireland (AFRI) hosted a series of events and meetings in solidarity with Chelsea Manning’s mother Susan, Aunts Mary and Sharon, and Uncle Kevin in November, 2013.Read more »
Supporters at home and abroad gathered to celebrate Chelsea Manning's 26th birthday on December 17th, 2013.Read more »
Update 12/14/13: Chelsea's fourth birthday behind bars, lawyer makes public presentations
Chelsea's birthday is on December 17th. It will be her fourth birthday behind bars. Submit a photo sending her a message of support! And Chelsea's lawyer made three presentations this week where he discussed the trial and Chelsea's future. Finally, Amnesty International continues to collect signatures calling for Chelsea's immediate release. Read more »
Update 12/5/13: Manning-Assange chat log publicly viewable for first time at Wired.com
While anonymous, Assange and Manning displayed their interest in information and democracy through discussion of information security, crowdsourcing the constitution in Iceland, the election in Iraq, and California's Proposition 8.Read more »
Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of Chelsea Manning and they have launched a petition to demonstrate support. This is an important petition and we are asking all supporters to sign and share it widely!Read more »
Update 11/16/13: Whistleblowers Snowden, Manning and Miranda suffer under the legacy of President Bush, but 60% of Germans consider Snowden a hero
A writer for Slate Magazine questions why whistleblowers who leak government secrets are automatically treated as terrorists. In Germany, a poll shows that while trust in the US government is dropping, admiration for Edward Snowden soars. Finally, a supporter makes a simple appeal that you respect Chelsea's transgender identity, while recognizing it is only part of who she is.Read more »
Because the public deserves the truth and whistle-blowers deserve protection.
We are military veterans, journalists, educators, homemakers, lawyers, students, and citizens.
We ask you to consider the facts and free US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.
As an Intelligence Analyst stationed in Iraq, Pvt. Manning had access to some of America’s dirtiest secrets--crimes such as torture, illegal surveillance, and corruption—often committed in our name. Manning acted on conscience alone, with selfless courage and conviction, and gave these secrets to us, the public.
“I believed that if the general public had access to the information contained within the [Iraq and Afghan War Logs] this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy,” Manning explained to the military court. “I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan were targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare.”
Journalists used these documents to uncover many startling truths. We learned:
• Donald Rumsfeld and General Petraeus helped support torture in Iraq.
• Deliberate civilian killings by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan went unpunished.
• Thousands of civilian casualties were never acknowledged publicly.
• Most Guantanamo detainees were innocent.
For service on behalf of an informed democracy, Manning was sentenced by military judge Colonel Denise Lind to a devastating 35 years in prison. Government secrecy has grown exponentially during the past decade, but more secrecy does not make us safer when it fosters unaccountability.
Pvt. Manning was convicted of Espionage Act charges for providing WikiLeaks with this information, but the prosecutors noted that they would have done the same had the information been given to The New York Times. Prosecutors did not show that enemies used this information against the U.S., or that the releases resulted in any casualties.
Pvt. Manning has already been punished, even in violation of military law. She has been:
· Held in confinement since May 29, 2010.
· Subjected to illegal punishment amounting to torture for nearly nine months at Quantico Marine Base, Virginia, in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 13—facts confirmed by both the United Nation’s lead investigator on torture and military judge Col. Lind.
· Denied a speedy trial in violation of UCMJ, Article 10, having been imprisoned for over three years before trial.
· Denied anything resembling a fair trial when prosecutors were allowed to change the charge sheet to match evidence presented, and enter new evidence, after closing arguments.
Pvt. Manning believed you, Mr. President, when you came into office promising the most transparent administration in history, and that you would protect whistle-blowers. We urge you to start upholding those promises, beginning with this American prisoner of conscience.
We urge you to grant Pvt. Manning’s petition for a Presidential Pardon.