27 July 2010
Cryptome and the "insiders" were on the money when it came to Wikileaks not
providing any legal team for Manning.
Wait a second here.. Just who is the official fund raiser for Manning? Assange
is trying to milk the public for $200K, now we have an alleged Manning support
group wanting another $200K!
Just who will be managing and accounting for these funds?
From: "Mike Gogulski" <mike[at]gogulski.com>
Subject: Press Release: Legal Fund Established to Fight Imprisonment of Accused
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 08:56:59 +0200
Bradley Manning Support Network
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jeff Paterson, Media Relations
+1 (202) 640-4388
Legal Fund Established to Fight Imprisonment of Accused WikiLeaks
Washington D.C., July 27, 2010 At 4PM EST on July 27, the Bradley
Manning Support Network
will begin accepting online donations for the legal defense of Private First
Class Bradley Manning.
The Network, a grassroots initiative formed to defend and support accused
whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, has partnered with Courage to Resist,
a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting military objectors.
Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst stationed in Iraq, stands accused
of disclosing a classified video depicting American troops shooting civilians
from an Apache helicopter in 2007. Eleven adults are killed in the video,
including two Reuters employees, and two children critically injured. The
video, available at
was published by WikiLeaks on April 5, 2010. No charges have been filed against
the soldiers in the video.
Bradley Manning faces up to 52 years in prison if convicted of the charges
While news sources have speculated about Manning's involvement in a new leak
of over 90,000 secret documents (collectively known as the Afghanistan "war
logs") made public by WikiLeaks on Sunday, no charges regarding this recent
breach have been filed.
As of this writing, Manning has not yet chosen a civilian attorney to defend
him in the expected trial. While several news sources had previously indicated
that funding for Manning's legal counsel was already arranged, the Bradley
Manning Support Network states that there an immediate need for donations
to his legal defense.
Legal defense in this case will be particularly expensive because any legal
team will most likely need a background in military law and the flexibility
to travel overseas for the trial as well as secret security
"We have heard from the family and the military lawyers assigned to Bradley
that the cost of his defense will be significant," said Mike Gogulski, an
online activist and founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network. "We are
also concerned that Bradley may choose his legal counsel based on his available
funds. If he fears his family will absorb the cost of the trial, he might
choose a less experienced, less expensive attorney. We're very concerned
about the ramifications of such a decision."
The Bradley Manning Support Network passed a resolution on July 12, 2010
to begin fundraising for Manning's legal defense. At this time, the Network
estimates between $50,000 and $200,000 in legal fees and expenses will be
needed to mount a vigorous defense on behalf of Manning. They have also indicated
that WikiLeaks, who published and promoted the Collateral Murder video, has
promised a significant donation to Manning's defense.
"If Manning is the source of the video, then he did what he had to do to
expose a possible war crime. So regardless, he's wrongly imprisoned and we
want to do everything possible to support him," said Jeff Paterson, Project
Director of Courage to Resist. "I know from past experience working with
military objectors that public support and the right civilian defense team
can be the difference between an administrative separation and years in the
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