Chase Madar, member of the National Lawyers Guild, discusses his mock “Opening Statement for the Defense of Bradley Manning, Soldier and Patriot;” Manning’s disillusionment with US “democracy building” in Iraq, that amounted to repressing free speech and rounding up critics of government for detention and torture; a list of his alleged leaks, from the Collateral Murder video to the State Department “Cablegate,” that Americans have the right to know about; the obligation of soldiers to take action against inhumane treatment; the lack of evidence that Manning and Julian Assange have “blood on their hands;” and the long American tradition of patriotic whistleblowers from within the military.
MP3 here. (18:18)
Chase Madar is an attorney in New York and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He writes for TomDispatch, the American Conservative magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the London Review of Books.