Actors Russell Brand, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Wallace Shawn join Oliver Stone, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and journalists Chris Hedges, Matt Taibbi and a slew of others who lend Manning their support. Daniel Ellsberg, the former US Defense Department employee who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, is also featured.
“If you saw incredible things, awful things, things that belonged in the public domain and not in some server stored in a dark room in Washington,” each advocate says in the campaign trailer, “What would you do?”
Besides the collateral murder video, here are some of the things that Bradley Manning leaked via diplomatic cables.
Collateral Murder video, short and unedited versions.
The US military knowingly handed over dissidents to Iraqi officials fully aware they would be tortured (Manning brought this to his superior’s attention and was told to shut up and go back to work).
A strike team raided a house in Iraq handcuffed entire family including a pregnant woman a grandmother and children and executed them. They then called in an air strike to cover it up.
That we were drone striking targets in Yemen.
That the US forced Ethiopia to invade Somalia in 2006.
Hillary Clinton ordered state department officials to spy on diplomats at the UN including stealing biometric data and credit card info.
Obama threatened Spain and Germany to drop torture probe against the bush administration.
The US is threatening EU nations who won’t allow gm crops into their markets.
The US maneuvered to get around cluster bomb ban.
Egyptian torturers trained by FBI.
In the end, only 1% of the files Manning gave to Wikileaks were published. Wikileaks then went to the Pentagon for help on what to redact, but were ignored. The United States later said that what was released was embarrassing, but not damaging to the United States. The cables were all labeled as Confidential or Secret, the two lowest classes of secrecy. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked what is now known as The Pentagon Papers, leaked Top Secret documents and was never punished as Manning has been.
These are things Americans should know about their governments. Is Manning guilty? Yes, he leaked classified information. However, there is questions as to whether any of that information should have even been classified. Still think what Manning did was wrong?