Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by Anonymous, Oct 10, 2012.
In my experience, money is the optimal language to use when speaking with DoD.
Convicted wife-killer Michelle Kosilek’s landmark sex-change surgery case could pave the way for Army WikiLeaker Bradley Manning to pursue his own treatments — at taxpayer expense — if a military prison fights the soldier’s requests for hormone therapy, according to experts.
“The Kosilek case is very strong support for whatever court might deal with the Chelsea Manning case,” Boston attorney Neal Minahan said, referring to Manning by the female name he says he now wants to go by.
“Prisons are required to provide medical care. Taxpayer money provides for chemotherapy, it provides for blood pressure medication and it would provide for hormones,” Minahan said. But when it comes to transgender inmates, he warned, “in all of the cases I know about, it’s required a lawsuit.”
Continued at http://bostonherald.com/news_opinio...ge_lawsuit_blazes_a_trail_for_bradley_manning
The relatives have been releasing old family photos.
This one kills me for some reason.
Lots more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/savebradley/sets/72157635103524046/
Manning Did Not Hurt the United States
The Fight for Trans Rights in the Military | Rolling Stone
Even after Don't Ask Don't Tell's repeal, gender identity remains unprotected for U.S. armed forces.
By Molly Knefel
Chelsea Manning has made ‘several friends who accept her for who she is’ | The Raw Story
By The Guardian
Lawyer: Manning's Gender Issues Being Assessed | Associated Press
The lawyer who defended Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning against charges of leaking classified information said Wednesday that his client is being assessed at a military prison for gender identity disorder, and that he's hopeful the military will allow Manning to receive hormone therapy.
Civilian attorney David Coombs spoke to more than 150 students and faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he has taught. Manning, previously known as Bradley, is serving a 35-year sentence for a July conviction on espionage and other offenses for sending more than 700,000 documents and some battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. She said after she was sentenced that she wishes to live as a woman and receive hormone therapy. The military previously said it does not provide it.
Coombs said the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., brought in an expert, whom he would not identify, to assess Manning's overall health, including her previously diagnosed gender dysphoria — the sense that she is a woman in a man's body. Manning was diagnosed with gender dysphoria by two Army behavioral health specialists before her trial, but the Army has said prisoners must be re-evaluated when they are moved to a new facility.
"They seem to be a person with the heart in the right place. They want to make sure they get the call right and they do what is in the best interest of Chelsea," Coombs said.
"I have confidence that they're going to do an honest appraisal, so I'm hoping that when they do that, that results in that treatment," Coombs added after the talk. "I think the facility is doing all the right things at this point, looking at it and not ruling anything out."
Coombs said Manning was doing well. He said he hopes she will be able to concentrate on schooling and other self-improvement opportunities.
"Manning has said, 'I feel very comfortable. I've made friends. I don't feel at all threatened,'" Coombs said.
Chelsea Manning rejects 'pacifist' label in first statement since sentencing
Chelsea Manning, the WikiLeaks source formerly known as Bradley Manning, has expressed intense unhappiness at the public profile that is being presented about her, warning that a false impression is being given to the outside world that she is an anti-war pacifist and conscientious objector.
In a statement issued to the Guardian, Manning insists that she did not leak hundreds of thousands of US classified documents to WikiLeaks because she was explicitly motivated by pacifism. Rather, she sees herself as a “transparency advocate” who is convinced that the American people needs to be better informed.
“It’s not terribly clear to me that my actions were explicitly done for ‘peace’... I feel that the public cannot decide what actions and policies are or are not justified if they don’t even know the most rudimentary details about them and their effects.”
In her first public comments since she was sentenced in August to 35 years in military custody for leaking the largest quantity of US state secrets in history, Manning writes that she is increasingly concerned about what she calls a “substantial disconnect” between her experiences at the US military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is being held, and the messages that are being put out to the rest of the world without her knowledge or approval. “I was shocked and frustrated about what’s occurred here,” she writes.
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Wikipedia Bans Transphobic Editors After Chelsea Manning Dispute
Wikipedia’s arbitration committee has taken action against editors who insisted that whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is transsexual, go by her former name, Bradley.
They are now prohibited from editing any page related to trans issues.
Continued at http://mashable.com/2013/10/28/wikipedia-chelsea-manning/
That article pisses me the fuck off. It quotes a Wikipedia Arbitration Committee decision, but then doesn't even link to it. Now, the asshattery-promulgating and basement-dwelling and fedora-tipping wonderful people who are on the arbcom and make these decisions aside, it's ridiculous to talk about their decisions without even linking to them in any obvious way (like the first time you mention the decision perhaps).
Incidentally, since we're talking about it: Manning name dispute
I'll just adopt David Gerard's statement as my own personal statement on the issue, since I agree with it.
(Not just because we're both OG Scientology critics either.)
Chelsea Manning: Which One Doesn’t Belong? | Amnesty's global human rights blog
By Justin Mazzola, attorney and researcher with Amnesty International USA
Let’s all take a trip down memory lane to our Sesame Street days and engage in the following exercise of “Which One Doesn’t Belong”:
The only soldier who was tried in the death of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq – no prison time, and the government conducted no further investigation into the incident, despite persistent and strong advocacy by human rights organizations.
Countless CIA agents used so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that amounted to torture on “war on terror” detainees – no prosecutions, and the world is still awaiting the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Armed Services’ Report on Torture by the CIA.
A General who oversaw Abu Ghraib prison, where Iraqi detainees were tortured – demotion to Colonel.
The soldiers who perpetrated those acts of torture at Abu Ghraib prison – three to 10 years of prison.
A soldier who released classified information that pointed towards potential human rights violations by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan – 35 years in prison.
Private Manning’s sentence is more than 17 times longer than any other sentence previously administered for providing information to the media. When compared to those who committed the human rights violations described above, it seems clear that this sentence serves only one purpose: to make an example of a soldier who only intended to show the true costs of war.
Amnesty International has spoken out about the charges brought against Manning, the verdict and the sentence that was handed down. Amnesty International has also provided a letter of support for Manning’s application for clemency from the President, and now the human rights organization is supporting Manning’s attorneys in a separate avenue to review the sentence and verdict.
Chelsea Manning sends rare letter praising 'truth-seekers' on Thanksgiving | The Verge
I'm thankful for people who, even surrounded by millions of Americans eating turkey during regularly scheduled commercial breaks in the Green Bay and Detroit football game; who, despite having been taught, often as early as five and six years old, that the "helpful natives" selflessly assisted the "poor helpless Pilgrims" and lived happily ever after, dare to ask probing, even dangerous, questions.
Such people are often nameless and humble, yet no less courageous.
It's Not a WikiLeak: Assange-Manning Chat Logs Surface on Army Website | Wired
In March of 2010, WikiLeaks was just weeks away from bursting onto the world stage with the first of its major leaks from intelligence analyst Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning: the “Collateral Murder” video showing a 2007 Apache helicopter attack that killed civilians and wounded children. Julian Assange, in Iceland, was in contact with Manning in online chats, getting more leaks and keeping his source updated on WikiLeaks’ progress.
Now we get to see how things worked between Assange and Manning.
Just before Thanksgiving, the Army posted to its FOIA reading room a large tranche of documents from Chelsea Manning’s court martial, including an 88 megabyte zip file containing the prosecution’s unclassified exhibits in the case. Buried in that file is Exhibit 123, a log of a chat that an Army forensics expert recovered from the unallocated space on Manning’s computer. The chat is between Manning (“dawgnetwork”) and a WikiLeaks contact the Army says is Julian Assange.
The highlights of the conversation — from a prosecutor’s perspective — have already aired in Manning’s court martial and earlier hearings: in particular, Assange’s offhand agreement to try and crack an Army desktop password for Manning was offered as evidence that WikiLeaks was more like an intelligence agency than a publisher. But the full transcript is fascinating in its own right for what it shows of the give-and-take between Assange and his key source at this historically important moment in the WikiLeaks story.
Continued here: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/12/wikileaks-assange-manning/
Attorney: Chelsea Manning Could Be Free by 2020 | The Progressive
By Ed Rampell, December 10, 2013
Former Army Private Chelsea Manning was convicted on 20 counts in July for revealing more secret U.S. government information than anyone to come before her. Though she’s currently serving a 35-year sentence, defense attorney David Coombs has continued advocating for Manning’s release, recently launching a three-city tour to raise money for Manning's birthday on Dec. 17.
The first of the birthday fundraisers was held Dec. 9 at Santa Monica’s Church in Ocean Park, where Coombs and Emma Cape, the lead organizer for the Bradley Manning Support Network, addressed a crowd of about 100 people.
Many in the crowd were wearing t-shirts emblazoned with photos of Manning, and slogans declaring “Truth” and “Secrecy is Terrorism.” With a large photo of his client behind him on a church wall, Coombs, who served for 12 years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, described Manning as having been “a gay person in the don’t ask, don’t tell military.”
The lawyer explained, first and foremost, Manning’s ongoing defense, as well as practical matters like personal supplies from the prison canteen and a calling card so she can “call me anytime she wants,” adding: “Usually I speak to her three times a week.” Manning also wants to legally change her name and pursue a college education from behind bars.
Another factor is “Chelsea’s hormone replacement therapy,” he said, which will help to resolve her gender dysphoria as she transitions. “They’ve had three months now,” he said of the request. “If they don’t make a decision soon, my good friends at the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center, who have transgender experts, are going to assist me in bringing the fight to the government,” Coombs said. “If that happens I’ll become more vocal.”
“If that therapy is denied, hopefully [the LGBT] community will rally to her support,” he added, stressing that Manning’s release of a vast treasure trove of classified information to WikiLeaks was “a conscious decision to do what she thought was right” -- not a move she made due to her gender dysphoria, as some critics have suggested.
While all of these things may make life easier for Chelsea, she’s still facing the likelihood of spending most of her life in prison. However, Coombs said he’s seeking clemency for his client. “But Chelsea… I don’t hold much hope for that,” he said, “because in my 17 years of military practice I’ve rarely seen a convening authority take a step of disapproving findings and sentences. If that doesn’t actually come to fruition, the date I am circling on my calendar is 2 February, 2020. And there is absolutely no reason why Chelsea should not be a free person [the following day].”
Should be released tomorrow and given a medal.
Should have a national holiday
How about "I'd Bang Her Day." Okay, she isn't that great as a trap, but the whole saving humanity thing deserves a reward.
This week I watched an American propaganda piece movie - Lone Survivor - (2013) with Mark Wahlberg -
Near the end of the movie, there is a scene that almost precisely matches the Collateral Murder video release by Wikileaks in 2010.
An American Forces helicopter guns down about a dozen human beings on the ground, portrayed of course as Taliban militia.
I don't recommend the Lone Survivor movie unless you're a student of American propaganda and in search of a new specimen to examine. It's pure propaganda, IMO.
Free Chelsea Manning
Manning is writing OpEds.
Chelsea Manning allowed to have hormone therapy | The Guardian
Reports suggest Army will allow treatment for former analyst who is serving 35-year sentence for WikiLeaks disclosure
Molly Crabapple @mollycrabapple 1 minute ago
Guys! Chelsea Manning is tweeting from jail! @xychelsea
Chelsea Manning @xychelsea · 2 hours ago
Tweeting from prison reqs a lot of effort and using a voice phone to dictate.
Chelsea Manning @xychelsea · 2 hours ago
It will be hard, but I don’t want this Twitter feed to be a one-way street/conversation.
Chelsea Manning @xychelsea · 43 minutes ago
Starting with a shout out to the friends who have always stood by me
@ggreenwald @amnesty @carwinb @savemanning and so many others
Chelsea Manning @xychelsea · 32 seconds ago
For those of you asking: I plan to tweet as freq. as possible; daily to weekly.
The years since I was jailed for releasing the 'war diaries' have been a rollercoaster
By Chelsea Manning, The Guardian, May 27, 2015
Today marks five years since I was ordered into military confinement while deployed to Iraq in 2010. I find it difficult to believe, at times, just how long I have been in prison. Throughout this time, there have been so many ups and downs – it often feels like a physical and emotional roller coaster.
It all began in the first few weeks of 2010, when I made the life-changing decision to release to the public a repository of classified (and unclassified but “sensitive” ) documents that provided a simultaneously horrific and beautiful outlook on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. After spending months preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in 2008, switching to Iraq in 2009 and actually staying in Iraq from 2009-10, I quickly and fully recognized the importance of these documents to the world at large.
I felt that the Iraq and Afghanistan “war diaries” (as they have been dubbed) were vital to the public’s understanding of the two interconnected counter-insurgency conflicts from a real-time and on-the-ground perspective. In the years before these documents were collected, the public likely never had such a complete record of the chaotic nature of modern warfare. Once you come to realize that the co-ordinates in these records represent real places, that the dates are our recent history and that the numbers represent actual human lives – with all of the love, hope, dreams, hate, fear and nightmares with which we all live – then you cannot help but be reminded just how important it is for us to understand and, hopefully, prevent such tragedies in the future.
Chelsea Manning Defense Fund Flooded With Donations
"It's in our collective interest to ensure that whistleblowers are able to receive a full, vigorous defense of their rights."
By Andrew Hart, The Huffington Post
A legal defense fund for Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence worker sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks, has been flooded with donations, exceeding its goal with more than $125,000 in 48 hours.
“The level of grassroots support for this campaign has been truly impressive. Close to 1,100 donors in just 48 hours made their voices heard for Chelsea’s cause," Trevor Timm, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, said in a statement. "It really shows how small donations can add up to something huge. Because of this success, we’re raising our goal to the full amount Chelsea Manning’s attorney has estimated will be needed to bring the case through oral arguments in the Army Court of Appeals. We’re confident, with your help, we can get there."
Nancy Hollander, Manning’s attorney, said contributions to the crowdsourced fund are “beyond our wildest dreams."
"We are grateful for this outpouring and continued support as we travel down this long road,” Hollander said.
Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement Under New Charges, Lawyer Says
By Chris Geidner, BuzzFeed News
Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement after being charged with having prohibited materials in prison, one of her lawyers told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.
Manning was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses in July 2013 after leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. She currently is serving a 35-year prison sentence at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
ACLU attorney Chase Strangio told BuzzFeed News that he is yet to see the charging document — and BuzzFeed News has not reviewed any documentation of the new charges. An Army spokesman did not respond to a request for the charging document and comment on the charges.
Strangio, however, did tell BuzzFeed News that the charging document — read over the phone by Manning to Christina DiPasquale, a public relations consultant, and communicated to Strangio — specifies that punishment could include indefinite solitary confinement.
Strangio noted that the charges have been brought against Manning by military officials at the prison and stated that Manning will have a hearing on the charges on August 18.
“Here Chelsea is at risk of losing various support networks simply because she had an expired tube of toothpaste, the Vanity Fair magazine that featured Caitlyn Jenner and requested a lawyer when she felt she was being accused of misconduct,” Strangio told BuzzFeed News of the charges.
Supporters of Manning, led by Fight for the Future’s Evan Greer and promoted by DiPasquale, have started a petition to raise awareness of the new charges.
Among the materials that DiPasquale told BuzzFeed News were confiscated from Manning are The Advocate and Out magazines; an issue of Cosmopolitan with an interview of Manning; Transgender Studies Quarterly; and a novel about transgender issues, A Safe Girl to Love.
According to the petition, the alleged misconduct that led to Manning requesting to speak with her lawyer related to her “sweeping some food onto the floor.” The petition states that a charge of “improper medicine use” resulted from Manning having the expired tube of toothpaste.
“Given the materials that were confiscated, it is concerning that the military and Leavenworth might be taking action for the purpose of chilling Chelsea’s speech or even with the goal of silencing her altogether by placing her in solitary,” Strangio wrote. “Hopefully with public scrutiny the prison will respond by dismissing these charges and ensuring that she is not unfairly targeted based on her activism, her identity, and her pending lawsuit.”
Guardian Reporter Mocks Chelsea Manning's Solitary Confinement; Gets Dressed Down By Boss
Several Guardian staffers played a game of delete-the-tweet on Wednesday and Thursday, one colleague attacking the other until all the posts were taken down. The episode began after reporter Ben Jacobs tweeted, then quickly deleted, an attack on a high-profile colleague, former Army private Chelsea Manning.
News broke this week that Manning, currently serving a 35-year sentence for leaking a trove of classified documents through WikiLeaks in 2010, now faces solitary confinement at Fort Leavenworth for, among other things, keeping style magazines in prison.
Linking to a Guardian article reporting the news, Jacobs shot off a tweet at his colleague's expense on Wednesday evening.
"And the world's tiniest violin plays a sad song," Jacobs tweeted, referencing Manning, who joined him at the Guardian US in February as an unpaid columnist.
A screenshot of his deleted tweet survived, and soon Twitter users were piling on Jacobs for mocking Manning's confinement. He didn't directly acknowledge his remark but followed up with a tweet saying he was drawing strength from a piece on "haters" by his former Daily Beast colleague, Eli Lake, who is now a columnist at Bloomberg View.
When the International Business Times asked about the spat between three Guardian employees, a Guardian US spokesperson called Jacobs' tweet "inappropriate" and said he had since personally apologized to Manning for the mockery.
"A Guardian reporter sent an inappropriate remark in relation to a fellow Guardian writer via his personal Twitter account," the spokesperson said. "Realizing it was inappropriate, he deleted the tweet. He has since reached out privately to apologize for his remark."
"His apology was sent to Chelsea Manning's representatives," the spokesperson added.
Chelsea Manning @xychelsea 4 hours ago
I was found guilty of all 4 charges at today's board. I am receiving 21 days of restrictions on recreation -- no gym, library or outdoors.
Chelsea Manning @xychelsea 3 hours ago
Now these convictions will follow me through to any parole/clemency hearing forever. Was expecting to be in minimum custody in February, now years added.
Chelsea Manning found guilty but no solitary confinement for contraband | The Guardian
Soldier jailed for leaking state secrets is suspended from recreational activities in army prison after magazines, books and expired toothpaste were confiscated.
how did Manning get the books in the first place??? They had to have approved them before she got them, right?
I was just going to ask the same question.
"We Are At the Very Beginning of a New Epoch:" Chelsea Manning on the Luxury of Privacy
Interview by Holly Herndon, Mat Dryhurst, Metahaven and Jacob Appelbaum
Chelsea Manning Attempts Suicide In Prison
Published by The Young Turks on July 6, 2016
Chelsea Manning reportedly attempted suicide while serving her thirty-five year prison sentence. Her imprisonment is a travesty and a black mark on the nation. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
Report: Chelsea Manning Hospitalized After Attempted Suicide at Fort Leavenworth Prison
TMZ is reporting that Army private and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning was hospitalized yesterday after prison officials at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, discovered Manning attempting to kill herself. An unnamed prison official told TMZ that Manning is being “monitored.” An unnamed source also told the site that Manning “tried to hang herself.”
Chelsea confirms health status with attorneys
Today, Chelsea Manning’s attorneys Chase Strangio, Vincent Ward and Nancy Hollander released the following statement jointly:
“After not connecting with Chelsea for over a week, we were relieved to speak with her this morning. Though she would have preferred to keep her private medical information private, and instead focus on her recovery, the government’s gross breach of confidentiality in disclosing her personal health information to the media has created the very real concern that they may continue their unauthorized release of information about her publicly without warning. Due to these circumstances, Chelsea Manning requested that we communicate with the media and her friends and supporters on her behalf.
“Last week, Chelsea made a decision to end her life. Her attempt to take her own life was unsuccessful. She knows that people have questions about how she is doing and she wants everyone to know that she remains under close observation by the prison and expects to remain on this status for the next several weeks. For us, hearing Chelsea’s voice after learning that she had attempted to take her life last week was incredibly emotional. She is someone who has fought so hard for so many issues we care about and we are honored to fight for her freedom and medical care.”
You can write to Chelsea with your messages of support. Mail must be addressed as follows:
CHELSEA E. MANNING 89289
1300 NORTH WAREHOUSE ROAD
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS 66027-2304
Chelsea Manning @xychelsea 2 hours ago
I am okay. I'm glad to be alive. Thank you all for your love <3 I will get through this.
Chelsea Manning Faces New Charges, Indefinite Solitary Confinement Related to Suicide Attempt
American Civil Liberties Union, July 28, 2016
Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5th attempt to take her own life.
If convicted of these “administrative offenses,” she could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement for the remainder of her decades-long sentence.
“It is deeply troubling that Chelsea is now being subjected to an investigation and possible punishment for her attempt to take her life. The government has long been aware of Chelsea's distress associated with the denial of medical care related to her gender transition and yet delayed and denied the treatment recognized as necessary,” said ACLU Staff Attorney Chase Strangio. “Now, while Chelsea is suffering the darkest depression she has experienced since her arrest, the government is taking actions to punish her for that pain. It is unconscionable and we hope that the investigation is immediately ended and that she is given the health care that she needs to recover.”
Since she was first taken into custody in 2010, Chelsea, a transgender woman being forced to serve out her sentence in an all-male prison, has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement and denied medical treatment related to her gender dysphoria.
These new charges, which Army employees verbally informed Chelsea were related to the July 5th incident, include, “resisting the force cell move team;” “prohibited property;” and “conduct which threatens.” If convicted, Chelsea could face punishment including indefinite solitary confinement, reclassification into maximum security, and an additional nine years in medium custody. They may negate any chances of parole.
“The U.S. government’s treatment of Chelsea is a travesty. Those in charge should know that the whole world is watching, and we won’t stand idly by while this administration continues to harass and abuse Chelsea Manning,” said Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer. The group advocates for civil liberties and free speech and collected more than 100,000 signatures last year when the Army threatened Chelsea with solitary confinement for possession of LGBTQ reading material and an expired tube of toothpaste.
In addition to these new charges, The Army continues to deny Chelsea access to basic health care, including inadequate medical treatment after her suicide attempt.
Chelsea dictated the complete contents of the charge sheet to a supporter over the phone; the transcription can be found at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/chelsea-manning-charge-sheet
More about the case can be found at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/manning-v-hagel-et-al
That just makes me sick. They clearly want her dead.
Such as jailing the whistle blowers and exonerating the criminals. Yep, this what happens when we use gov to get things done.
Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike, Demanding “Dignity and Respect” in Prison
By Alex Emmons, The Intercept, September 9, 2016
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning began a hunger strike in military prison Friday, her attorneys confirmed.
“I need help. I am not getting any,” Manning wrote in a statement. “I was driven to suicide by the lack of care for my gender dysphoria that I have been desperate for. I didn’t get any. I still haven’t gotten any.”
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