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Peter Tatchell claims WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning is a ‘gay hero’

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  1. He could have released far more history changing documents if he waited. Instead, he releases a bunch of files about US politicians poking fun at Russia – though that did get the amusingvreply from Russia, “It’s okay. We talk behind your back too!~”. I understand his other files, but the fact he released Jussieu behavior is why our “hero” got targeted and what good is he there, hmmm?

    1. Juvenile*
      iPod auto correct strikes again…

  2. A gay hero? or possibly a guy who could be a hero and happens to be gay? Gay hero sounds like someone championing the rights of the lgbt community.

    1. Jock S. Trap 12 May 2011, 11:44am

      Excellent point CMYB.

  3. Bradley Manning also exposes as a lie the myth that the US gives a s*** about democracy.

  4. america is the most facist state on earth. They temper that with propoganda like the awards ceremonies, music and tv

    1. And bradley is a bit of an idiot. He was used by wikileaks and i dont think they fully explained the consequences

  5. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2011, 2:39pm

    America: Land of the Free?
    What a joke!

  6. America is not really a democracy though. And we must always remember that.

    They have a 2 party system designed in a way that guarantees that no 3rd party can EVER emerge.

    The 2 parties are entirely controlled by the corporations and lobby groups.

    Expecting the US to live up to their own empty rhetoric about democracy is never going to happen.

  7. Peter Tatchell 11 May 2011, 3:58pm

    Manning’s crime? Among other things, it is alleged that he blew the whistle on war crimes and cover ups by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. If this is true, the man is a hero. He is a defender of democracy and human rights. His actions are based on the principle that citizens have a right to know what the government is doing in their name. Bradley should not be in prison. The charges against him should be dropped. Instead, the US should put on trial those who killed innocent civilians and those who protected them.

    Even many Americans agree that Bradley Manning is a true patriot, not a traitor. He reveres the founding ideals of the US – an open, honest government accountable to the people, which pursues its policies by lawful means that respect human rights. At great personal risk, he sought to expose grave crimes that were perpetrated and then hidden by the US government and military. These are the characteristics of a man of conscience, motivated by altruism.

    1. “He reveres the founding ideals of the US – an open, honest government accountable to the people, which pursues its policies by lawful means that respect human rights.”

      Perhaps.

      But only the most naive person believes that the US government or army gives a damn about democracy or human rights.

      The US is a reasonable facsimile of a democracy. Nothing more.

      1. I have to say Peter I’m dubious to believe that there has been any cover ups. After all when civilians have been killed in friendly fire incidents before the US military have been open and honest about their mistakes and duly apologised about for them. I know I am bias however as I genuinely believe the war in Afghanistan has made Britain a safer place.

        And David you are as far as i’m concerned you are completely wrong. I hate hearing people like you constantly criticise the servicemen and women of the US the majority of them are good honourable people who deserve more respect from people like you. Oh and finally, the US is more of a democracy than we are, they get to a choice in their head of state unlike us.

  8. PumpkinPie 11 May 2011, 5:34pm

    I agree with Peter on this. Bradley’s an incredible and highly principled man, and definitely a personal hero of mine.

    Although I do also agree with CMYB on the issue of specifics: a hero who happens to be gay, rather than a gay hero. I guess the latter makes for a snappier title.

  9. I agree with CMYB, Bradley just happened to be gay, his whistleblowing for the sake of human rights makes him a hero who is gay, not a gay hero, there’s a difference, Mr. Tatchell. Would a heterosexual whistblower be reported as such? No.

    1. Jock S. Trap 12 May 2011, 11:45am

      Totally Agree!

  10. Ned_Flaherty 16 May 2011, 5:20am

    Here’s what EVERYBODY so far doesn’t know:

    1. Whether Manning will plead guilty or innocent
    2. What Manning did (if anything)
    3. What the evidence proves (if anything)
    4. What the damages are (if any)
    5. Why he did what he did (if he did anything at all)
    6. Whether the year of inhumane detainment without a trial, and nearly a year without charges, throws the case out on a technicality (as often happens)

    It’s important for everyone to stop declaring guilt, innocence, etc. without the 6 facts above.

    Let’s just see exactly what unfolds at the trial.

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