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1. Bradley Manning and the Failure of Corporate Media

In February 2013, United States military intelligence analyst Bradley Manning confessed in court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, saying he wanted the information to become public “to make the world a better place” and that he hoped to “spark a domestic debate on the role of the military in (US) foreign policy.” The 700,000 released documents revealed a multitude of previously secret crimes and acts of deceit and corruption by US military and government officials.

According to Manning’s testimony in February 2013, he tried to release the Afghanistan and Iraq War Logs through conventional sources. In winter 2010, he contacted the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Politico in hopes that they would publish the materials. Only after being rebuffed by these three outlets did Manning begin uploading documents to WikiLeaks. Al Jazeera reported that Manning’s testimony “raises the question of whether the mainstream press was prepared to host the debate on US interventions and foreign policy that Manning had in mind.”

Indeed, US corporate media have largely shunned Manning’s case, not to mention the importance of the information he released. When corporate media have focused on Manning, this coverage has often emphasized his sexual orientation and past life, rather than his First Amendment rights or the abusive nature of his imprisonment, which includes almost three years without trial and nearly one year in “administrative segregation,” the military equivalent of solitary.

In his February 2013 court appearance, Manning pled guilty to twelve of the twenty-two charges against him, including the capital offense of “aiding and abetting the enemy.” He faces the possibility of a life sentence without parole. His severe treatment is a warning to other possible whistleblowers.

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Bradley Manning and the Failure of Corporate Media

Kevin Gosztola, “The US Press Failed Bradley Manning,” FireDogLake, February 28, 2013, http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/02/28/the-us-press-failed-bradley-manning/.

Glenn Greenwald, “Bradley Manning: The Face of Heroism,” Guardian, February 28, 2013, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/28/bradley-manning-heroism-pleads-guilty.

Janet Reitman, “Did the Mainstream Media Fail Bradley Manning?,” Rolling Stone, March 1, 2013, http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/did-the-mainstream-media-fail-bradley-manning-20130301.

“The Case of the US vs. Bradley Manning,” Al Jazeera English, March 9, 2013, http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2013/03/201339107329512.html

Student Researcher: Amanda Renteria (San Francisco State University)

Faculty Evaluator: Kenn Burrows (San Francisco State University)

 

  • Rick October 1, 2013

    Manning was prosecuted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He signed the security clearance agreement and broke the laws of his contract and the military. He is no hero

    • Lindi October 1, 2013

      Sadly, USG and the US Military had already long broken this ‘contract’(broken contract = no contract) and this is the very reason for the costly act of conscience undertaken by Pvt. Manning.

      And, yes, indeed she is a hero – which is simply to say that she is someone who has had the courage to have done ‘the right thing’ in the face of overwhelming odds, and regardless of the cost to herself.

    • Betsy December 2, 2013

      Contractual terms only bind insofar as they serve the interests of everyone concerned: when the relationship becomes abusive toward one or the other party, then it should be terminated. The colonists broke their “contract” with England once it became evident the crimes tyranny of which the crown was guilty were not going away. They knew war with all its attendant tragedies would follow their Declaration of Independence, yet they persevered in their convictions. Their heroism, and that of everyone who fought, bled, and died for the cause goes without question. In principle, how does Manning’s case differ much? She saw the abuses; because of this, she did what any patriot should do, which was to expose this information to the public, to bring a greater degree of accountability to the military for their abuse and misconduct. She has martyred herself for the truth, and is to be praised.

  • Anthony Taylor October 6, 2013

    While Manning’s gender in no way alters the nature of the crimes she exposed, nor the undeniable virtue and courage she demonstrated in bringing them to our attention. It is tempting to wonder whether, over the course of her long illegal and sadistic detention, her tormentors were not taking the opportunity to apply any influence they could by way of drugs and conditioning to ensure her ‘coming out’ at the time she did. This would be done in the belief that her credibility and image would be adversely affected and consequently the set-backs to the agendas of our psychopathic ‘elites’ less serious. If this truly is the case it would be yet another confirmation, if one is required, of the thoroughly nasty nature of our reigning classes.
    It is to be hoped that before very long, arrangement can made, possibly with the voluntary assistance of the present inmates, to extend the premises at Guantanamo Bay in order to accommodate all the real mafia-style criminals involved in the past and ongoing ‘New World Order’ atrocities.

  • Anthony Taylor October 6, 2013

    While Manning’s gender in no way alters the nature of the crimes she exposed, nor the undeniable virtue and courage she demonstrated in bringing them to our attention. It is tempting to wonder whether, over the course of her long illegal and sadistic detention, her tormentors were not taking the opportunity to apply any influence they could by way of drugs and conditioning to ensure her ‘coming out’ at the time she did. This would be done in the belief that her credibility and image would be adversely affected and consequently the set-backs to the agendas of our psychopathic ‘elites’ less serious. If this truly is the case it would be yet another confirmation of the nasty and thoroughly divisive practices of our self-appointed ‘leaders’. Hopefully Manning will be released in the very near in the near future and we will see plans to extend the premises of Guantamo Bay in order to accommodate the real criminals in this affair.

  • Pat G October 8, 2013

    The proceedings against Bradley Manning were a sham, rife with judicial & jury conflicts of interest (illegal command influence on the judge & jury, judge & jury bribed with promotion in rank DURING the trial), improper application of the Espionage Act on the actions of a clear whistleblower, massive denials to the Defense of their witnesses, denial of Defendant’s privacy with Counsel, denial to Defendant to face his accusers (prosecution witnesses were allowed to “testify” as anonymous non-present entities), prosecution witnesses perjured themselves DURING the trial and received no penalties nor striking of their testimony… and the list of judicial abuses goes on and on… a clear show trial worthy of a banana republic. Are we there yet? yes.

  • Alan Kurtz October 10, 2013

    Is Amazon corporate media? My newly self-published Manning book is completely uncensored.
    —Manning: The Soldier Who Leaked on His/Her Country—
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FR1DNKG

    • Anthony Taylor October 12, 2013

      Guessing that your book is a ‘warts and all’ summary of the Manning affair I am respectfully disinclined to take advantage of your publication.
      The tedious and repeated charges that ‘Bradly’s’ actions were immoral illegal and treacherous, coming as they do from such immoral, illegal and murderous accusers, carry little weight in the minds of anyone capable of retaining any sense of mental clarity in our present age of unbridled hypocrisy. Nevertheless given the powers our Misleaders have taken into there own hands, including the ability to stifle almost all dissenting voices, we are left with precious few ‘Heroes’ to encourage resistance to our present and rapid descent into a hell of our own making. Manning, like Snowden, Assange and all those other dissenters known or unknown, may indeed have warts. This fact alone qualifies them, as it does the rest of us, to membership of the human race. Our ‘Elites’ on the other hand would seem to regard their own residual humanity, warty or otherwise, as an impediment to their steady
      evolution into a state of God-like Magnificence; a state wherein our hell provides the essential foundations for their utopia.

    • Aylin March 31, 2014

      “Or maybe some of us have actually grown up and got a bit of wdisom: I wasn’t put on G*d’s green earth to be your bank account, sperm donor, and man servant.”I think this is the closest take yet on what’s going on. The situation we’re in just does not WORK for most men. There’s no attraction to it. So, some of us lie about it and go through the motions (while getting something akin to what we want ‘on the side’) while others simply withdraw. Women are great, but in contemporary American society, most of them are toxic. (Not ALL of them – just so we’re clear.) And frankly, there’s a lot more to life than (tainted) women.Why don’t men open up about these issues? Because the blithe, worthless response sounds like this:”there’s no issue here a spined penis wouldn’t solve. Men’s fault they lost them, though.”Of course! Men who point out the problem simply don’t have working penises. Yeah, that’s it – because no matter how you slice it, as always, IT’S MEN’S FAULT!

  • Philip Reid-Green November 7, 2013

    Weather you agree with what she did or not can we please start gendering Manning correctly? Its not okay that media sources keep getting this wrong.

  • M November 26, 2013

    I will echo Philip–it is disrespectful to Chelsea Manning to misgender her and use anything but her proper name. Given the amount of press Manning has gotten, these practices are inexcusable.

  • maurice mckinley December 20, 2013

    one has to ask did the government have the constitutional right to engage in these actions or conceal them from the american people.no contract is binding if it requires paticipation in or concelment of an unlawfull act. manning clearly believed that the people had a right to know what there government was doing and was a patriot and hero.not the traitor our government claimed she was.it is the government officials involved in this that have acted outside the constitution and the best intrest of the american people who are the real traitors.not the woman who reveiled their treason

  • ysidro April 2, 2014

    That the corporate media focused on “sexual exploits” and defamatory nuances (and not the actual information provided) provides evidence that it is not interested in the truth and is complicit in a dastardly scheme to bamboozle the populace. The corporate media is the mouth-piece for fascism.