Yesterday Chelsea Manning was jailed for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigation into Wikileaks. Some people are cheering for this. They think, once again, that this has something to do with Trump and Russia. They are badly misinformed and voluntarily delusional.
This case has nothing to do with Trump and Russia. For Manning, this is double jeopardy because she is being jailed again for her actions for which she already served prison time, was tortured and became suicidal on multiple occasions, then finally pardoned by Obama, the same president who imprisoned her.
Manning refused to answer questions for two reasons. 1- This was referring to her previous testimony from years ago. 2- She is objecting to the grand jury process.
The second one is something which affects all of us in the form of democracy and justice. The grand jury system is held in secret and does not include the defense of the accused. Any person can be indicted without knowing the evidence being presented against them and held without charge. In this case, they are holding Manning in contempt of court.
The other thing that you should be concerned about is that this is a case of an attempt to prosecute a journalist and his source. Manning testified extensively about how she obtained and submitted her information regarding treatment of inmates at Guantanamo and the outright murder of journalists in Iraq by the US military. That is, she testified at her original hearing. There is no reason to repeat all of it, it is on record. There is no reason for her to testify at all. Except-
If anyone recalls, Assange at one point agreed to surrender to US authorities on condition of Manning being released and his hearing being public. There is no intention of making anything he has to say public and now they are threatening Manning again.
By involving Manning, the attempt here is to gain support for the persecution of Assange by the right wing, who has opposed his indictment. They oppose his indictment based on what he revealed about the DNC. Now they are bringing up ancient history to manipulate the masses.
Of course, the zombies who currently support the indictment of Assange do so based on his release of information regarding the DNC.
Keep in mind the DNC is a private organization, not a government agency. They used that fact as a defense in court to say they had no obligation to provide a fair primary. Those primaries are paid for by all taxpayers of all parties, including Independents who are frequently not represented in primaries and never represented in debates.
It really does not matter which side of the aisle you are on. Censorship and indictment of journalists is fascism. No, you cannot defend Trump blocking one CNN hack from the White House while condemning a true journalist who reveals the truth just because you don’t like that truth. Some people claim Assange is biased in what he released. They have no evidence he had anything to release about Trump or the GOP. Wikileaks releases what is provided to them. The exact same people have no problem with biased actors on MSNBC like Rachel Madcow, who gets paid $30,000 a day and has never risked anything in her career. They do not object to CNN, with their all-hate-Trump-all-the-time “reporting” (sic).
If you try and use Fox News as a defense, with their bias, I will compare you to a monkey throwing shit. You cannot complain about one monkey throwing shit and then throw your own and say it’s better.
Real journalists reveal the truth and defend it. Assange has spent years in isolation and risked his life for the truth. Manning spent years in prison for revealing the truth and nearly died.
Now what are YOU defending? Because it’s not the truth.