Protests call for ‘hero’ whistleblower to be freed

Protests being staged in 21 US cities are calling for the release of the soldier accused of leaking military secrets.

Bradley Manning faces up to 52 years in prison for allegedly passing on a video, known as “Collateral Damage”, which shows US troops shooting civilians from a helicopter in Iraq in 2007.

The dead included two Reuters journalists. No one has been prosecuted for an act that, according to the Geneva Convention, amounts to a war crime.

Manning is also being investigated for claims that he was responsible for the confidential US military information recently disclosed by WikiLeaks.

If the allegations are true, Manning should be honoured as “a hero” for exposing war crimes, according to Majorie Cohn, a professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

(Source: Huffington Post)

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