Update 8/24/12: Al Jazeera examines Collateral Murder, CNN covers the fight to free Bradley
Al Jazeera English talks to Collateral Murder victim families. In a short documentary about the video released by WikiLeaks and attributed to PFC Bradley Manning, AJE talks to the families of the innocent civilians and journalists gunned down by a U.S. Apache helicopter gunman, along with former soldier Ethan McCord.
McCord, who can be seen in the video carrying a small child to safety, says of the incident: “This constitutes a war crime in my eyes.” However, none of the shooters in the video have been brought to trial, while Bradley Manning, accused of bringing it to the public’s attention, awaits the beginning of a court martial that could send him to jail for life. (Read more, and see the documentary here.)
CNN covers actions for Bradley Manning, documents the long battle to free him. In a piece for CNN online, Ashley Fantz connects Julian Assange’s recent call to free PFC Bradley Manning with recent protests at Obama campaign offices, demanding freedom for the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. She chronicles the Support Network’s efforts as well:
“[The Support Network’s Michael] Thurman told CNN that the pro-Manning movement is gaining momentum. “We think it’s outrageous that he’s been in jail for more than 800 days,” he said.
Since its founding in 2010, the nonprofit Bradley Manning Support Network, based in northern California, has organized rallies across the country for Manning. The group has a strong social media presence on Twitter found at #vets4brad, #bradlymanning and#freebrad. Manning’s public Facebook page is usually active.
The network has raised money to pay for Manning’s private attorney and experienced court martial counsel David Coombs. The lawyer has kept a blog for more than a year detailing developments in Manning’s case, often posting full documents online.”
As Fantz notes, we plan more, similar rallies at Obama campaign offices on September 6. (Read more…)