A Long List of What We Know Thanks to Private Manning | The Nation


• Yemeni president lied to his own people, claiming his military carried out air strikes on militants actually done by the US. All part of giving US full rein in country against terrorists.

• Details on Vatican hiding big sex abuse cases in Ireland.

• US tried to get Spain to curb its probes of Gitmo torture and rendition.

• Egyptian torturers trained by FBI—although allegedly to teach the human rights issues.

• State Dept. memo: US-backed 2009 coup in Honduras was “illegal and unconstitutional.”

• Cables on Tunisia appear to help spark revolt in that country. The country’s ruling elite described as “The Family,” with Mafia-like skimming throughout the economy. The country’s first lady may have made massive profits off a private school.

• US knew all about massive corruption in Tunisia back in 2006 but went on supporting the government anyway, making it the pillar of its North Africa policy.

• Cables showed the UK promised in 2009 to protect US interests in the official Chilcot inquiry on the start of the Iraq war.

• US pressured the European Union to accept GM—genetic modification, that is.

• Washington was misled by our own diplomats on Russia-Georgia showdown.

• Extremely important historical document finally released in full: Ambassador April Glaspie’s cable from Iraq in 1990 on meeting with Saddam Hussein before Kuwait invasion.

• The UK sidestepped a ban on housing cluster bombs. Officials concealed from Parliament how the US is allowed to bring weapons on to British soil in defiance of treaty.

The New York Times: “From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier.”

• Afghan vice president left country with $52 million “in cash.”

• Shocking levels of US spying at the United Nations (beyond what was commonly assumed) and intense use of diplomats abroad in intelligence-gathering roles.

• Potential environmental disaster kept secret by the US when a large consignment of highly enriched uranium in Libya came close to cracking open and leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere.

• US used threats, spying, and more to try to get its way at last year’s crucial climate conference in Copenhagen.

• Hundreds of cables detail US use of diplomats as “sales” agents, more than previously thought, centering on jet rivalry of Boeing vs. Airbus. Hints of corruption and bribes.

• Millions in US military aid for fighting Pakistani insurgents went to other gov’t uses (or stolen) instead.

• Israel wanted to bring Gaza to the ”brink of collapse.”

• The US secret services used Turkey as a base to transport terrorism suspects as part of its extraordinary rendition program.

• As protests spread in Egypt, cables revealed that strong man Suleiman was at center of government’s torture programs, causing severe backlash for Mubarak after he named Suleiman vice president during the revolt. Other cables revealed or confirmed widespread Mubarak regime corruption, police abuses and torture, and claims of massive Mubarak famiiy fortune, significantly influencing media coverage and US response.

So, you know, just a thing or two…

A Long List of What We Know Thanks to Private Manning | The Nation

A Long List of What We Know Thanks to Private Manning | The Nation


• Yemeni president lied to his own people, claiming his military carried out air strikes on militants actually done by the US. All part of giving US full rein in country against terrorists.

• Details on Vatican hiding big sex abuse cases in Ireland.

• US tried to get Spain to curb its probes of Gitmo torture and rendition.

• Egyptian torturers trained by FBI—although allegedly to teach the human rights issues.

• State Dept. memo: US-backed 2009 coup in Honduras was “illegal and unconstitutional.”

• Cables on Tunisia appear to help spark revolt in that country. The country’s ruling elite described as “The Family,” with Mafia-like skimming throughout the economy. The country’s first lady may have made massive profits off a private school.

• US knew all about massive corruption in Tunisia back in 2006 but went on supporting the government anyway, making it the pillar of its North Africa policy.

• Cables showed the UK promised in 2009 to protect US interests in the official Chilcot inquiry on the start of the Iraq war.

• US pressured the European Union to accept GM—genetic modification, that is.

• Washington was misled by our own diplomats on Russia-Georgia showdown.

• Extremely important historical document finally released in full: Ambassador April Glaspie’s cable from Iraq in 1990 on meeting with Saddam Hussein before Kuwait invasion.

• The UK sidestepped a ban on housing cluster bombs. Officials concealed from Parliament how the US is allowed to bring weapons on to British soil in defiance of treaty.

The New York Times: “From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier.”

• Afghan vice president left country with $52 million “in cash.”

• Shocking levels of US spying at the United Nations (beyond what was commonly assumed) and intense use of diplomats abroad in intelligence-gathering roles.

• Potential environmental disaster kept secret by the US when a large consignment of highly enriched uranium in Libya came close to cracking open and leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere.

• US used threats, spying, and more to try to get its way at last year’s crucial climate conference in Copenhagen.

• Hundreds of cables detail US use of diplomats as “sales” agents, more than previously thought, centering on jet rivalry of Boeing vs. Airbus. Hints of corruption and bribes.

• Millions in US military aid for fighting Pakistani insurgents went to other gov’t uses (or stolen) instead.

• Israel wanted to bring Gaza to the ”brink of collapse.”

• The US secret services used Turkey as a base to transport terrorism suspects as part of its extraordinary rendition program.

• As protests spread in Egypt, cables revealed that strong man Suleiman was at center of government’s torture programs, causing severe backlash for Mubarak after he named Suleiman vice president during the revolt. Other cables revealed or confirmed widespread Mubarak regime corruption, police abuses and torture, and claims of massive Mubarak famiiy fortune, significantly influencing media coverage and US response.

So, you know, just a thing or two…

A Long List of What We Know Thanks to Private Manning | The Nation

The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing


So this is what happens when you follow the official channels as a whistleblower in the United States of America.

The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing

The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing


So this is what happens when you follow the official channels as a whistleblower in the United States of America.

The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing

Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He reads The Statement of Bradley Manning which looks like this:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He reads The Statement of Bradley Manning which looks like this:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He reads The Statement of Bradley Manning which looks like this:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

Then he goes to sleep.

What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010


  1. US Forces killing Reuters journalists in Iraq
  2. US Helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians
  3. US Ignoring Iraqi abuse of prisoners
  4. US hid real list of civilian deaths
  5. Clinton ordered spying on UN officials
  6. President Obama and GOP working together to kill Bush Torture probe.
  7. US stopped high court cases concerning Guantanamo and Extraordinary Renditions
  8. US Pressured Germany not to prosecute CIA officers for torture and rendition
  9. US leaders involved in general lying to American public
  10. Yemeni President lied about US origin of drone strikes.
  11. Obama administration fueled conflict in Yemen
  12. India tortured Kashmir prisoners
  13. UK trained Bangladesh police force that some accused of being a death squad.
  14. UK suppressed facts about US interests in Iraq.
  15. Pope Benedict refused to co-operate in child abuse probe.
  16. Revealed truth about Coup in Honduras
  17. China behind the Google Hack.
  18. US special forces working inside Pakistan
  19. Military knew about the dangers of engaging in Afghanistan

So those are a few things that we know now that we did not know before Wikileaks.

What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010

What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010


  1. US Forces killing Reuters journalists in Iraq
  2. US Helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians
  3. US Ignoring Iraqi abuse of prisoners
  4. US hid real list of civilian deaths
  5. Clinton ordered spying on UN officials
  6. President Obama and GOP working together to kill Bush Torture probe.
  7. US stopped high court cases concerning Guantanamo and Extraordinary Renditions
  8. US Pressured Germany not to prosecute CIA officers for torture and rendition
  9. US leaders involved in general lying to American public
  10. Yemeni President lied about US origin of drone strikes.
  11. Obama administration fueled conflict in Yemen
  12. India tortured Kashmir prisoners
  13. UK trained Bangladesh police force that some accused of being a death squad.
  14. UK suppressed facts about US interests in Iraq.
  15. Pope Benedict refused to co-operate in child abuse probe.
  16. Revealed truth about Coup in Honduras
  17. China behind the Google Hack.
  18. US special forces working inside Pakistan
  19. Military knew about the dangers of engaging in Afghanistan

So those are a few things that we know now that we did not know before Wikileaks.

What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010

Manning Verdict May Topple Journalistic Paradigm


One more before bed, just because it’s probably worth talking about or at least reading or at least posting and/or reblogging

Manning Verdict May Topple Journalistic Paradigm

Manning Verdict May Topple Journalistic Paradigm


One more before bed, just because it’s probably worth talking about or at least reading or at least posting and/or reblogging

Manning Verdict May Topple Journalistic Paradigm

Manning judge alters charges to assist Gov’t ahead of verdict


July 28, 2013. By Nathan Fuller and Jeff Paterson. Military Judge Col. Denise Lind has allowed the government to change its charge sheet for the ‘theft’ offenses at the eleventh hour, adding yet another layer of injustice to Bradley Manning’s court martial. The defense has filed a motion to declare a mistrial on the theft charges, arguing that this late change irreparably prejudices PFC Manning.

Will it be thrown out of court? Doubtful – but this seemingly last minute change to meanings of words does seem a little problematic.

Manning judge alters charges to assist Gov’t ahead of verdict

Manning judge alters charges to assist Gov’t ahead of verdict


July 28, 2013. By Nathan Fuller and Jeff Paterson. Military Judge Col. Denise Lind has allowed the government to change its charge sheet for the ‘theft’ offenses at the eleventh hour, adding yet another layer of injustice to Bradley Manning’s court martial. The defense has filed a motion to declare a mistrial on the theft charges, arguing that this late change irreparably prejudices PFC Manning.

Will it be thrown out of court? Doubtful – but this seemingly last minute change to meanings of words does seem a little problematic.

Manning judge alters charges to assist Gov’t ahead of verdict