Cannabis seed seller Marc Emery has something in common with Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning. Both have been subjected to solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system.
Manning is currently on trial in a military court. In a brave hour-long statement he made earlier this year during a hearing, Manning eloquently outlined why he used his job as a U.S. Army military intelligence analyst to access a treasure trove of military and diplomatic data that revealed the lies and criminality of U.S. military operations and foreign policy.
The young soldier talked of being sickened and morally offended by cockpit video and audio from a U.S. attack helicopter as it hovered above and blew away journalists, Iraqi citizens, and children as shown in the Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” video.
Manning said he felt U.S. forces were violating the U.S. Constitution, and creating needless suffering and death in countries the U.S. had invaded. He saw evidence that the U.S. government was lying to the world about U.S. wars in the Middle East. He believed that Americans needed to know what their government was really doing.
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