THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE… or get you locked up for decades

WISE Up Action - A Solidarity Network for Manning and Assange

 Article by Ciaron O’Reilly

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In 2010 a young U.S. soldier was arrested in Baghdad, transferred to Kuwait, placed in a small cage and tortured, then later transferred to Quantico U.S. Marine base Virginia U.S.A. and systematically tortured for a further nine months. PfC Manning’s “crime” had been to expose U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The exposure had taken place through WikiLeaks, whose editor Julian Assange was then detained without charge in London in December 2010.  Initially jailed in HMP Wandsworth, Assange was first granted strict bail conditions by the High Court, then electronically tagged as he was dragged through the British courts. I organised solidarity vigils outside every court appearance from Horseferry Magistrates to Woolwich to the High and Supreme Courts. Gareth Peirce, the lawyer who freed the Guildford 4 and Birmingham 6, began to represent Julian at the appeal level. A few of us began…

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