Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the organisers of San Francisco Pride for allegedly revoking the nomination of Private Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal for this year’s event.
Manning is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified war logs and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, but his supporters say he’s a human rights defender and that his actions helped expose alleged war crimes by the US Military in Iraq.
“Pride leaders are wrong on facts and ethics. Bradley revealed US war crimes and cover ups. He caused no harm to US military personnel or civilians. He was nominated as Grand Marshal according to the rules of San Francisco Pride. The decision to ban Bradley is political vetting, which has no place in the LGBT movement. He should be reinstated as Grand Marshal,” Peter Tatchell said in a statement.
It is unlikely Manning would have been able to fulfil the role of Grand Marshal as he remains in custody.