Daniel Ellsberg Talks Bradley Manning

The case of alleged WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning, who is undergoing preliminary military hearings, is a worrisome one for civil liberties advocates, and has been the target of much activism to that end, as AlterNet readers know. 

Today is Manning's birthday, and he spent it in court:

Manning, a one-time intelligence analyst stationed in Baghdad, is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive items including Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, State Department cables and a classified military video of a 2007 American helicopter attack in Iraq that killed 11 men, including a Reuters news photographer and his driver.

The Obama administration says the released information has threatened valuable military and diplomatic sources and strained America's relations with other governments.

Friday was Manning's first appearance in public after 19 months in detention. He appeared slight but serious in his Army camouflage fatigues and dark-rimmed glasses, taking notes during the proceedings and answering straightforwardly when called upon by Almanza.

Last night on Countdown With Keith Olberman, famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg spoke about the dire implications of Mannig's case.

Watch below.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 17, 2011, 7:30am

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