On the 21st of August, a military court sentenced Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for blowing the whistle on war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. In response, well over 100 protesters assembled at the White House, then marched through the streets demanding that Bradley Manning be pardoned.
Speakers reminded everyone that this is the beginning, not the end of a campaign to free Bradley Manning by executive clemency or an outeright pardon. With the legal case now going to an automatic appeal tht can take years, activsts are going to make tbis case such a nuisance that either Obama or a later president had no choice but to pardon Bradley Manning for releasing evidence like the “Collateral Murder” video.
What Bradley Manning did in essence was to report a series of crimes. The war criminals, like any others, don’t like being turned in, so they see Bradley Manning the way a street gang would see an informant who went to the newspapers with evidence of their own brand of extortion and murder.