For Immediate Release
Bradley Manning Advocacy Fund Launches Today
New Organization to Provide Analysis on Soldier's Case and Disabuse Misinformation Campaigns
WASHINGTON - The Bradley Manning Advocacy Fund is launching a campaign today in support of the United States Army private accused of disclosing classified materials. The Bradley Manning Advocacy Fund will connect the media and the public with friends, experts, journalists, retired military members, whistle-blowers, and academics who can provide insight and expertise on PFC Manning and his case, as well as correct widespread misinformation.
Despite the recommendations of three forensic psychiatrists, the Brig Commander at Quantico refuses to lift the POI (Prevention of Injury) status, which has kept PFC Manning in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day for the past seven months.
Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers, said today, "There has been a concerted effort to paint Bradley Manning as a terrorist and traitor. He is neither. He is a patriotic American who deserves better than to be tried in the media – as is happening day after day on the basis of misinformation – before he has had any opportunity to speak publicly for himself or to present his own case in court. I hope others will join me in supporting the Bradley Manning Advocacy Fund to ensure a free-flow of information on PFC Manning and give him a fair shot at due process and humane treatment."
The Bradley Manning Advocacy Fund will send regular updates on PFC Manning and new developments in his case. A link to a timeline on PFC Manning's activities can be found here.
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The Bradley Manning Advocacy Fund is a 501(C)(4) organization that funds and supports media advocates and promotes public advocacy efforts related to freedom of speech issues.