Acronym TV host Dennis Trainor, Jr interview journalist Kevin Gosztola to discuss the first week of the Bradley Manning trial.
“We have to be clear that the cables we not top secret documents,” Chris Hedges points out in a promotional video published by the Bradley Manning support network (shown in part here) and Matt Taibbi reminds us that “the whole concept of whistleblower law is that you can’t get in trouble for reporting about illegal or improper activity.”
Gosztola, the co-author of the book Truth & Consequences: The US vs. Bradley Manning, tells Trainor, Jr that the Manning trial ” I can not help but think that the US Government prosecutors are playing some sort of larger government role (…) they are really going hard to make it seem that Manning was working on behalf of WikiLeaks (…) they want the judge to find that WikiLeaks is acting not as a media organization but is a group intent on exfiltrating national security secrets out of the United States, because that can be used as ammunition to move forward with prosecutions against other individuals, like Julian Assange.”
Not everyone can pay for the news. But if you can, we need your support.
Truthout is widely read among people with lower incomes and among young people who are mired in debt. Our site is read at public libraries, among people without internet access of their own. People print out our articles and send them to family members in prison — we receive letters from behind bars regularly thanking us for our coverage. Our stories are emailed and shared around communities, sparking grassroots mobilization.
We’re committed to keeping all Truthout articles free and available to the public. But in order to do that, we need those who can afford to contribute to our work to do so — especially now, because we only have hours left to raise over $9,000 in critical funds.
We’ll never require you to give, but we can ask you from the bottom of our hearts: Will you donate what you can, so we can continue providing journalism in the service of justice and truth?