Medea Benjamin I had an opportunity to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum since June 2012. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations, although he has never been charged. Assange believes that if sent to Sweden, he would be put [...]
By Jillian McCarthy June 7, 2012 Yesterday about 25 activists and I attended a pre-trial hearing for Bradley Manning, the 24-year-old army intelligence analyst who allegedly leaked the Collateral Murder video along with other classified documents that exposed the corruption of US military actions abroad. We arrived at 7:00 am, an hour before the hearing [...]
A round-up of the week’s top news on WikiLeaks, Whistleblowers, and Civil Liberties Last night WikiLeaks began releasing tens of thousands more U.S. diplomatic cables, bringing the total number of WikiLeaked cables to nearly 100,000. Among the findings revealed in the latest release is evidence that the Obama administration has worked with the Egyptian government [...]
It’s been a great month for movies about truth-tellers. Last weekend C.J. recommended The Whistleblower, which tells the real-life story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a former Nebraska police officer who uncovered a horrifying cycle of sex-trafficking among UN peacekeeping operations in Bosnia. On Friday I saw Better This World (incidentally, also directed by women). I can’t [...]
CODEPINK Interview with FBI Whistleblower Coleen Rowley: Accountability, Bradley Manning, Thomas Drake & Taking Action! By Nancy Mancias Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent and whistleblower. In 2002, she was awarded TIME “Person of the Year” along with two other female whistleblowers. Why is it important to hold our elected officials accountable? There can’t [...]
The whistleblowers who got out the Afghan Wikileaks documents deserve our deepest thanks.
I am the mother of an Iraq vet who endured two horrific and lengthy tours in Iraq. I have just written a letter of support to Pvt. Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old intelligence analyst suspected of passing videos and documents to Wikileaks. Manning is now in pre-trial confinement in Quantico, VA, facing decades in prison and, if Congressman Mike Rogers has his way, the death penalty.