Monday, August 12, 2013

Gay whistleblower who revealed governments’ crimes to Wikileaks
Ever since the trial of Private Bradley Manning started on 3rd June in Fort Meade, US, protests and support have never stopped inside and outside the Court. Recently, Bradley has been celebrated in Pride marches and awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize. Hundreds, including Queer Strike and Payday, signed a full page ad in the New York Times (25 July). 17 Members of the European Parliament signed an open letter to Obama supporting him. 100,000 people signed a petition for him to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
On 30 July, the charge of “aiding the enemy” was dropped, but Bradley Manning was convicted of 20 offences, including five counts of "espionage". The original maximum sentence of 136 year is now reduced to 90.
27 July: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION in 14 countries (that we know of): Australia, Belgium, Canada, England (several locations), France, Germany (over 20 cities), Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, South Korea, Turkey, Wales and the US (over 40 cities).
London – Vigil at St Martin in the Fields
Haverfordwest, Wales
Daily protest at the trial, Fort Meade.
Thanks to international whistleblower Bradley Manning, we know:
The “collateral murder” video of a US helicopter gunship crew killing Iraqi civilians The officially sanctioned cover-up of rape and other torture in Iraq and Afghanistan The extent of drone strikes The US government attacks on popular government & movements in Haiti and Venezuela Corruption by Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, which spurred the 2011 revolution Israel consulting with Egypt and the Palestinian Authority before invading Gaza etc.
Edward Snowden’s exposé of global snooping by the US has caused outrage around the world. The work of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange has been crucial in spreading Bradley Manning’s evidence of governments’ crimes and brutality, and for organizing against US persecution of Snowden.
Pride in London
Pride in San Francisco
What you can do
Write to Bradley Write to your local press
Translate this message and/or send to your networks Show the Collateral Murder video at meetings
Sign Daniel Ellsberg’s petition and Nobel Prize petition Attend ongoing picket at the Ecuador embassy in London to support Assange. Check the Bradley Manning Support Network (BMSN) for further actions Send messages of support to BMSN (cc and we’ll publish on our website.)

Payday men's network has been organising with Queer Strike in defence of Bradley Manning and other whistleblowers and refuseniks. Contact us at

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