Understanding the Historical Importance of the Bradley Manning Trial



In a welcome but belated piece by David Carr, the New York Times criticized the tremendous lack of transparency of the court martial proceedings in the case against Bradley Manning.

The secrecy, redactions and delays in release of information mean that the public does not have contemporaneous access to the proceedings, a fundamental component of a public trial. And given that Private Manning is confronting a life sentence, news media coverage and the public interest are one of the core protections provided to him by the First and Sixth Amendments.


I’m glad the New York Times has finally realized what journalists and advocates like Michael Ratner, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, and myself have been saying since Manning’s indictment. I’m glad the Times woke up to the fact that if Manning were to be convicted of “aiding the enemy” simply because he provided information to Wikileaks…

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Cryptome and Gibney’s ‘We Steal Secrets-The Story of WikiLeaks’


Email correspondence between Cryptome and the film maker Alex Gibney regarding possibility of participating in ‘We Steal Secrets-The Story of WikiLeaks’. The emails were first published by Cryptome 21st January 2013.

Jigsaw Productions is first showing its documentary “We Steal Secrets-The Story of WikiLeaks” by Alex Gibney at Sundance today at 5:15PM (Utah time).

Cryptome provided emailed material to Jigsaw over several months beginning in May 2011 but declined to appear on camera, and after reading about Jigsaw’s biased treatment of targets in previous documentaries, broke off relations at a final meeting with producer Alexis Bloom at Zuccotti Park in September 2011 which was taped in part by the Jigsaw videographer.

In the five months before then we met once with Alexis Bloom and then had email exchanges primarily with her and a few with Alex Gibney, head of Jigsaw from May 19, 2011 to December 20, 2012:

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Political Prisoners of Thailand

Prachatai has a longer report on the court’s decision to send Akechai Hongkangwarn to jail for lese majeste.

Akechai was sentenced to five years in prison (reduced for “cooperation”) and a fine of 100,000 baht for selling documentary CDs of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary program on the monarchy and for having copies of Wikileaks documents that the court deemed were defaming to the queen and the crown prince.

Details of the “Foreign Correspondent” documentary and a link to the now well-known birthday party video are here. The Wikileaks cables are from 2008, indicating “the Queen supported the 2006 coup” and from 2010 about “opinions about royal succession from Privy Council Chair Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, Privy Council member ACM Siddhi Savetsila, and former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun.” These can be found here, here and here. The court essentially refused to allow any of these big shots to be…

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Human Trafficking and the Human Rights Agenda Against Eritrea

The Real Rahel

When I first started this blog, I said that I was going to write about human trafficking. Well, I haven’t found the time do do so yet. The article I’m posting now is not of my own writing, but of a good friend of mine Simon Tesfamariam. I couldn’t have written something better than this. This is the most informative, well-researched, well-referenced and well-written articles I’ve ever read on the subject. I’m still mind-bogged on how Simon, a med-student, found the time to write such an amazing piece. On that note, I’m going to find more time to blog. Work load and ‘not finding time to write’ can no longer be the excuse!

I know you will enjoy this article. It was originally posted on Simon’s blog and later featured on the Black Agenda Report website.


Human Trafficking and the Human Rights Agenda Against Eritrea


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