In the weeks following NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, it was not long before anonymous United States officials were alleging Snowden had released information that was leading terrorists being tracked by the US to change their tactics, techniques or procedures. Yet, to date, there have been no examples provided to substantiate this allegation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 12, 2014 12:37 pm|
|By: EdwardTeller Saturday January 4, 2014 7:52 am|
Two and a half years ago, minstrel and progressive activist David Rovics composed and recorded his Song for Bradley Manning. The song and its official video were among the first credible works of art created in acknowledgement of the service Manning performed as whistleblower and patriot.
Since its creation, Rovics performed the song hundreds of times, in eastern, western, northern and southern hemispheres. In an essay and iPhone video posted at his site Friday, he described how he came around to changing the song to reflect the reality of Chelsea Manning.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 2, 2014 11:05 am|
The New York Times Editorial Board is to be highly praised for finally publishing a strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, one which not only urges clemency but also labels him a whistleblower. But, it invites debate on another individual, one who is currently serving thirty-five years in a military prison for releasing classified government documents to WikiLeaks: Chelsea Manning.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 9, 2013 4:40 pm|
Her lawyer David Coombs added in the posted clarification, “Chelsea has never claimed to be anti-war; indeed she joined the military to defend her country. However, she is a humanist and was motivated in her actions not only by her transparency beliefs, but also by deep concern for the value of human life.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 10, 2013 1:48 pm|
The American Civil Liberties Union, which pursued a lawsuit alleging Bradley Manning Support Network (now Private Manning Support Network) co-founder David House had his rights violated when he had his electronic devices searched and seized at O’Hare International Airport, has posted documents indicating authorities may have been interested in whether he had knowledge or possessed “Afghanistan War Logs” documents that had not been published by WikiLeaks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:50 am|
The civilian defense attorney for Pvt. Bradley Manning, who now goes by Chelsea Manning, has filed an application for a presidential pardon or commutation of Manning’s sentence.
|By: BrandonJ Saturday August 24, 2013 11:46 am|
Today, thousands from across the country (and perhaps the globe) will venture in Washington D.C. on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King´s ¨March on Washington¨ that had 250,000 people in attendance. One might ask themselves, if they are unaware of the significance of this event, why marching still matters. It is indeed a question that is relevant and should be discussed.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Saturday August 24, 2013 10:30 am|
I have some thoughts on how Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s gender dysphoria was rolled out.
Let me begin by saying I’m going to give, and I’m going to advocate for, respect for Manning’s chosen name and publicly embraced gender, and I’m going to use female pronouns and call her Chelsea. That; however, comes with a mixed bag of emotions.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday August 23, 2013 4:08 pm|
After receiving a 35-year sentence, Chelsea Manning formally came out as a transgender woman. Over at Dissenter, Kevin Gosztola calls the mainstream media to task for mistreating her, and outlines Firedoglake’s support of Manning’s gender identity.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday August 23, 2013 1:20 pm|
After Wednesday’s sentencing in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the whistleblower released a statement in which she said she would henceforth be known as Chelsea Manning, and that she will begin transitioning while in prison.
Unfortunately, the military is notoriously ignorant of the needs of LGBT soldiers, let alone detainees, and it is highly unlikely that Manning will receive the attention she needs without our help.