First Assange, then Manning, then Snowden. How far does suppression go?
The Price of Truth
|The price of truth is what he’s paid.
The might of government arrayed,
out to settle the final score;
so Bradley Manning’s free no more,
his lifetime now in time’s stockade.
He blew the whistle then he prayed
They said his country he’d betrayed
30th July 2013 – headline from the Guardian
Notes: “Bradley Manning cleared of ‘aiding the enemy’ but guilty of most other charges.” Bradley Manning, the source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of secret disclosures, faces a possible maximum sentence of 136 years in military jail after he was convicted on Tuesday of most charges on which he stood trial. The one ray of light in an otherwise bleak outcome for Manning was that he was found not guilty of the single most serious charge against him – that he knowingly “aided the enemy”, in practice al-Qaida, by disclosing information to the WikiLeaks website that in turn made it accessible to all users including enemy groups. The verdict was condemned by human rights campaigners. Amnesty International’s senior director of international law and policy, Widney Brown, said: “The government’s priorities are upside down. The US government has refused to investigate credible allegations of torture and other crimes under international law despite overwhelming evidence. Yet they decided to prosecute Manning who it seems was trying to do the right thing – reveal credible evidence of unlawful behaviour by the government. You investigate and prosecute those who destroy the credibility of the government by engaging in acts such as torture which are prohibited under the US Constitution and in international law.”