PAST EVENT: The case of Bradley Manning

Hero, enemy of the state, information champion, victim?

Ann Clwyd MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights
David Leigh, The Guardian
Emily Butselaar, Index on Censorship

Tuesday 24th May 2011, 6pm – 7.30pm
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons

On the week that President Obama visits the UK and on the one year anniversary of Bradley Manning’s arrest and detention, a panel discusses the issues raised by the case of Bradley Manning and what happens now.

Bradley Manning is the US soldier accused of leaking information to the WikiLeaks website. Until 20 April, he was held in prison conditions which attracted the condemnation of human rights organisations around the world and which promoted an investigation by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Manning has yet to face trial, but when he does it will be in a US Court Martial. Can Manning receive a fair trial in the military courts system? What should our attitude be towards the charges levelled against Manning? What has been the effect of the WikiLeaks disclosures and what role did they play in the Arab Spring revolutions? What does the treatment of Manning say about the United States’ attitude to whistle-blowers?

This meeting is open to the public to attend; entry is via Portcullis House.

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2 responses to “PAST EVENT: The case of Bradley Manning”

  1. Frank says:

    This reminds me of my favorite book title: “Military Justice is to Justice as Military Music is to Music.”

  2. jonny says:

    I think when the CiC has already prejudged your guilt, your chances of a receiving a fair go in what will certainly be a hugely politicised military tribunal…are more or less guaranteed, right?

    Guaranteed to be non-existent.

    But what would I know. All I know is that people who can strong-arm Amazon into defecating on the First Amendment have some clout. Somehow I don’t think we’re discussing what will be decided, but rather what has already been. gl Manning, if only your nation was worthy of its heroes.

    5 whistle-blowing traitors for Obama and we’re not even half-way.