By lex, on August 9th, 2010
Hope and Change brought 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and a continuance of the Deep National Disgrace That Is Guantanamo. Notwithstanding, Code Pink has been strangely quiescent and Cindy Sheehan doesn’t draw the kind of coverage she used to get.
All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born –
Activists rallied outside the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, Sunday to applaud the man military officials suspect leaked scores of military documents to the WikiLeaks website — a 22-year-old Army private named Bradley Manning.
“We are here to say that if he, indeed, was the whistle-blower, then we are proud of him,” said Medea Benjamin, founder of anti-war group Code Pink. “In the United States that I know and love, transparency is a positive thing.”
Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, is the military’s focus in the investigation into the largest-ever intelligence leak in American history, to WikiLeaks.org.
He is being detained at Quantico pending a military investigation in a separate case, in which he’s charged with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code, including for allegedly leaking a secret military video from the Iraq war to WikiLeaks.
The man ** meets the moment:
(It) was around two years ago, when Pfc. Bradley Manning * came here to visit a man he had fallen in love with, that he finally seemed to have found a place where he fit in, part of a social circle that included politically motivated computer hackers and his boyfriend, a self-described drag queen. So when his military career seemed headed nowhere good, Private Manning, 22, turned increasingly to those friends for moral support.
If moral support means breaking his oath, betraying his country and sacrificing the lives of a few hundred pastoral Afghans who had trusted in the US-led coalition, well, that’s a sacrifice Bradley Manning was willing to make. Because of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, and so on.
It’s no surprise that Medea Benjamin could make common cause with such a hero.
* 10-08-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.
** 10-08-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.