Powerful commentary. We owe it to ourselves to continue the conversation and see where it takes us, hopefully somewhere better.
Three years ago, Army intelligence soldier Bradley Manning made headlines when he was arrested for allegedly releasing over 700,000 classified military documents to Wikileaks. He was charged with 22 offenses, including aiding and abetting the enemy, and he has since confessed to being the source of the documents. Supporters have lauded him as a heroic whistleblower. Critics say he injured national security and hurt U.S. relations with other countries. Manning’s military court martial begins today — and he faces life in prison without parole.
*Daniel Ellsberg, national security expert, former Pentagon analyst and author of three books: “Papers on the War (1971),” “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002)” and “Risk, Ambiguity and Decision (2001)”
*Birgitta Jonsdottir, member of the Althing, the Icelandic parliament, formerly representing the Citizens’ Movement and The Movement, but now representing the Pirate Party
*Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of “Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law”
*John Altenburg, of counsel at the law firm Greenberg Traurig, retired two-star major general with the U.S. Army and former deputy judge advocate general focusing on international law in the defense and homeland security sectors