For Immediate Release

Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, Military Experts, Attorneys, Advocates to Hold Press Teleconference about PFC Bradley Manning

WASHINGTON - Noted attoneys, military experts, and trasparency advocates who support Private First Class Bradley Manning will hold a press teleconference on Wednesday morning (May 25, 2011, 11:00am ET) to discuss updates in Manning's situation.  The teleconference is scheduled for the day before the one-year anniversary of PFC Manning's arrest.

PFC Bradley Manning is accused of being the source of revelations leaked to Wikileaks, including the videotaped massacre of Reuters journalists and revelations that have embarressed governments and corporations around the world.  His supporters assert that the information PFC Manning is accused of revealing should have been in the public domain.

"Especially in the United States, where government is supposed to be of, by and for the people, we the people need to know what our government is doing," said Kevin Zeese, an attorney with the Bradley Manning Support Network.

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About the speakers:

Daniel Ellsberg is a Marine veteran who was a defense analyst and served as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense. He is known for the release of the Pentagon Papers, a top secret study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68.

Julian Assange is editor-in-chief of the media outlet WikiLeaks which exposes corruption of government and business through publication of anonymous leaks of documents.

Jesselyn Raddack is an attorney and staff member of the Government Accountability Project. She was a whistleblower when she worked at the Dept. of Justice. She authored Canary in the Coalmine: Blowing the Whistle in the Case of the American Taliban.

Ann Wright is a retired Lt. Colonel of the United States Army. She was also a career diplomat who resigned from the State Department over the invasion of Iraq in 2003. She co-authored Dissent: Voices of Conscience with Daniel Ellsberg.
Glenn Greenwald was a constitutional law litigator in New York, and is now a Contributing Writer at Salon.

Christina McKenna is a young activist who was arrested at the Quantico Marine Corps base in a protest action to support PFC Bradley Manning.
Kevin Zeese will moderate the teleconference.  Zeese is an attorney and member of the Steering Committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network.

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