Transcript: Remarks by Emma Cape at a Bradley Manning Support Network event in Washington D.C.

Transcribed & edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Emma Cape, Campaign Organizer for the Bradley Manning Support Network, on Dec. 3, 2012: 

Back in May of 2010, news came out about Bradley Manning’s arrest. He was then described as the alleged source of what was called the “collateral murder video” released through WikiLeaks.

A month prior to that, in April, the “collateral murder video”, which showed an Apache gunship one mile up in the air, laughing and making jokes as they killed 11 men, two of whom later turned out to be Reuters journalists.

The video also revealed a war crime when the helicopter shot at a van coming to rescue a wounded man, severely wounding two children and killing the parents.

Following Bradley’s arrest, several U.S. communities rallied to his aide. Soldiers and veteran’s groups – such as Veterans for Peace, Courage to Resist, Iraq Veterans Against the War – as well as anti-war groups like Code Pink and the anti-secrecy and government accountability groups all rallied to form the Bradley Manning Support Network, the organization primarily responsible for raising money for Bradley’s legal defense as well as organizing public actions and public education and events such as this.

The effort has grown worldwide, with 50 protests happening across 4 continents for the first day of Bradley’s Article 32 arraignment last December.

We have had such notable community leaders speak out in support of Bradley as the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate; Pentagon Paper’s whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg; Congressman Dennis Kucinich; and the musicians Crosby, Stills and Nash.

The documents now attributed to Bradley by the U.S. military – including the Afghan war diary, the Iraq war logs, and the U.S. diplomatic cables which includes the Guantanamo case files – these document have revealed numerous facts that could have been kept secret from the American public involving war crimes, civilian casualties, torture, and corporate influence on foreign policy.

These documents have served as primary documents for thousands of articles in outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post and the U.K. Guardian.

Collectively, they have provided Americans with an unparalleled window into the reality of international diplomacy.

Last year, Amnesty International and the U.K. Guardian even saluted the role that the release of the U.S. diplomatic cables have played in aiding the Arab Spring’s efforts to bring democracy to the Middle East.

Members of the Bradley Manning support network played a role in stopping Bradley’s unnecessary harsh conditions at Quantico Brig in Virginia. Through protests, letter-writing campaigns, and public education, we’ve helped prompt the investigation into his pre-trial conditions by the U.N. Chief Investigator on Torture, Juan Mendez, as well as Congressman Dennis Kucinich. There’s also a petition signed by half a million people worldwide that he be removed these conditions.

Since then, we’ve played a crucial role in attending every hearing, every hour of the day that Bradley has spent in court to help document the proceedings on our website –

We believe that Bradley Manning’s imprisonment represents part of a broader war on government whistleblowers, and that without attacking the problem of over-classification in the U.S., we cannot have informed democracy.

We believe that a young man who risked everything to aide and educate the public about our government’s own actions deserves not life in prison but to be honored.

In words attributed to Bradley, “Without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.” Please join us by getting involved in our effort to promote truth, democracy, and fair treatments of pre-trial prisoners. Go to to learn more about becoming part of our efforts.

Thank you.


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