The Bradley Manning Support Network accepts responsibility for all expenses to defend accused Wikileak whistle-blower Army PFC Bradley Manning.
Bradley Manning Support Network. December 7, 2010
Since July 2010, the Bradley Manning Support Network, in collaboration with Oakland, CA based Courage to Resist, has solicited and distributed funds in support of accused Wikileak whistle-blower Bradley Manning. Over 1,200 individuals and organizations have responded with contributions totaling over $90,000, either to the defense fund or to Bradley’s legal trust account. Thus far $50,000 has been transferred to Bradley’s lead civilian attorney David Coombs—half of the total expected legal expense of $100,000.
Bradley Manning Support Network. November 11, 2010
This winter, millions of people will be sending cards to friends and loved ones filled with holiday cheer and warm wishes for the coming year. This is the perfect opportunity to stand up for Bradley Manning, imprisoned for almost a year for allegedly blowing the whistle on war crimes committed by US forces overseas. So add a few people to the list of holiday card recipients this winter. And if you’re planning a holiday party, get some colored paper and let your guests make cards, too! What better way to celebrate the season?
We want to make it as easy as possible for folks to get involved in the campaign to free accused Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning. The new "Free Bradley Manning" organizer kit is now available for a subsidized price of only $50. The kit includes: Shirt (style and size of your choice), whistle with lanyard, 20 buttons, 100 stickers, 300 info cards, 30 "Stand with Brad" petition copies to get you started. Order "Bradley Manning" kit, or individual items, here.
Also, Courage to Resist hoodies, shirts, and caps make great (and unique) gifts for the holidays. We have some greats books and DVDs as well. All of our stuff is sweat-shop free, made in the USA, and union printed. And every order includes free shipping! Order Courage to Resist gear here.
We expect the pre-trial hearing of accused Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning to take place early 2011, followed by trial about four months later. Both hearings should be open to the public and media in the Washington DC area. Supporters will be encouraged to attend. - Courage to Resist
By David Coombs, attorney for Bradley Manning. November 1, 2010
I. The Military Process: The basic structure of the military process is similar to any criminal trial in a civilian court. Once allegations are made, the government begins to investigate the alleged crime. The government’s investigators are usually either Military Police Investigators (MPI) or Criminal Investigation Division (CID) officers. These individuals interview the key witnesses, secure all available evidence, and create a report that details the nature of their investigation.
"Authorities were quick to vilify Army Specialist Bradley Manning ... Yet we insist that it is the right of the U.S. public to have accurate information about wars that are being fought in our name and funded by our tax dollars."
Iraq Veterans Against the War. October 27, 2010
The recent Wikileaks release--The Iraq War Logs--has shed important light on the high rate of civilian death and widespread atrocities, including torture, that are endemic to the war in Iraq. As veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are outraged that the U.S. government sought to hide this information from the U.S. public, instead presenting a sanitized and deceptive version of war, and we think it is vital for this and further information to get out. Members of IVAW have experienced firsthand the realities of war on the ground, and since our inception we have spoken out about similar atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are asking the U.S. public to join us in calling on our government to end the occupations and bring our brothers and sisters home....
The Days of Action to Support Bradley Manning kicked off with packed hall in Oakland, Thursday, September 16, "Afghanistan: Occupation, Wikileaks, and accused Whistle-blower Army Pfc. Bradley Manning" with Daniel Ellsberg, Col. Ann Wright (ret.), and Ray McGovern. Watch the event here.
Videos, photos, and reports from San Francisco (photos: one, two | video: one, two, three), San Diego (report/photos | video), Seattle/Fort Lewis (report/video | video | report/slideshow), Quantico (videos), Creech AFB (photos below), Keene (photos below), Knoxville (report), Los Angeles (report | photos below), Minneapolis (video: one, two), Oklahoma City (photos below), and Toronto (video). Events also took place in Byron Bay, Ann Arbor, Cambridge, Corvallis, New Haven, New York City, Norfolk, and Rochester. All available videos via bradleymanning.org
“I spoke with PFC Bradley Manning today.... Brad is aware of the fact that events are happening from today through the 19th. He has asked me to express how very thankful that he is for the support that he has received so far. Brad also told me that he looks forward to the day that he can express his gratitude in person to those that have rallied to his defense.” - Pfc. Manning's attorney David Coombs
Over 18,639 individuals have donated a total of $1,172,244 to the defense fund, while an additional 799 supporters (including WikiLeaks) have given $56,813 to Bradley's legal trust account. Through the expected June-August 2013 court martial, we need to raise an additional $150,000 for legal fees and public outreach (updated June 1, 2013). Our defense fund fiscal report is updated monthly.
The Bradley Manning defense fund is hosted by Courage to Resist in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network. Funding Bradley's chosen legal defense team has always been our top priority. However, the final outcome of the proceedings will depend on not only the legal arguments, but on public opinion and the disposition of key military and civilian leaders as well. Bradley's court martial will begin on June 3, 2013. For more information, check out the defense fund FAQ (although it is somewhat dated).
Or, send checks payable “Courage to Resist” to: Courage to Resist, 484 Lake Park Ave #41, Oakland CA 94610. Please note “Manning defense” on the check’s memo line.
Bradley Manning IOLTA legal trust account (NOT tax-deductible)
The Bradley Manning legal trust account is managed by Bradley's attorney David Coombs under regulation of the Massachusetts IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) Program and the American Bar Association. All proceeds offset Bradley's legal expenses. Any funds remaining at the end of Bradley's court martial will be available to him for appeals. Any funds remaining at the resolution of the legal case will become Bradley's with interest.
Send checks payable "IOLTA / Manning" to: Courage to Resist, 484 Lake Park Ave #41, Oakland CA 94610
Checks received will be deposited to: Bank of America, Massachusetts IOLTA Trust Account, Account: 0046-2853-2833. Due to the way processing fees interacted with the legal trust, online donations to the legal trust are no longer possible.
We are again accepting PayPal contributions. These contributions will be used in support of the "Stand with Brad" public statement and petition (standwithbrad.org). These PayPal transactions are not tax-deductible.
Our relationship with PayPal has been “complicated” to put it mildly. On January 29, 2011, PayPal restricted access to our account based on the "need for additional information." After a month of trying to find a possible resolution with senior PayPal staff, we issued a statement on February 24, 2011, regarding the situation. After thousands of supporters signed a petition and contacted PayPal in protest, our account was restored without explanation.
“He's aware of all the people who are rallying to his support. So his spirits are relatively good.”
By Courage to Resist. September 3, 2010
We are relieved that accused Wikileaks whistle-blower Army PFC Bradley Manning is finally represented by an experienced and qualified civilian defense attorney. After receiving a wide range of opinions, Bradley selected attorney David Coombs of Providence, Rhode Island, to lead his legal defense. Mr. Coombs has over a decade of experience as a military trial lawyer and is a former law professor at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Thursday, September 16, 7pm ~ Oakland, California
Saturday, September 18, 2pm ~ San Francisco, California
By Tommi Avicolli-Mecca. August 25, 2010
I’m old enough to remember when Daniel Ellsberg blew the whistle on the lies of the Johnson administration about the Vietnam War and became an instant poster child for the antiwar movement. Ellsberg’s “Pentagon Papers,” which included top-secret documents he had access to as an employee at the RAND Corporation (a military think-tank), revealed that then-President Lyndon Johnson knew that the war could not be won and that many more lives would be needlessly sacrificed.
Now, another whistleblower has become a poster child for the antiwar movement. He is Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old private in the U.S. Army who has amassed the largest unauthorized pile of military classified info ever, some of it already posted on WikiLeaks, a website for whistleblowers. Manning, a former intelligence analyst in Baghdad, is also reputed to be gay and came out on facebook against the military’s ridiculous Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.
By Jeff Paterson, Project Director of Courage to Resist. Updated August 31, 2011
Answers to questions regarding the Bradley Manning defense fund, including: "Who is his civilian defense lawyer?", "Where should I donate?", "How much is needed?", "Does Bradley know about these efforts?", "How can I donate without using the Internet?", "How can I donate only to Bradley’s legal fees?", "What is Courage to Resist, why does it support Bradley, and what experience does it have doing something like this?", and "What's your deal?"
Bradley Manning Support Network, www.bradleymanning.org.
Washington D.C., July 27, 2010 - The Bradley Manning Support Network is accepting donations for the defense of Private First Class Bradley Manning. The Network, a grassroots initiative formed to defend and support accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, has partnered with Courage to Resist, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting military objectors.
By Courage to Resist. July 14, 2010
“From what I’ve heard of (Pfc. Bradley) Manning, he is a new hero of mine.” —Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistle-blower
In April, the Wikileaks website released a video depicting a US helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed eleven unarmed Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters employees, and seriously wounded two children. Titled “Collateral Murder”, the video was widely posted and reported on.
Last week, the Army charged 22-year-old intelligence analyst Pfc. Bradley Manning with providing the video after he allegedly took credit for doing so online. For the past month, he has been held in isolation from supporters and civilian legal assistance in a US military confinement facility in Kuwait.