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What You Need to Know About Bradley Manning

Alyssa Goldstein 2 May 2013

On Tuesday evening at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, The Passion of Bradley Manning author Chase Madar and The New Inquiry editor Sarah Leonard had a dialogue about Manning's leaks and his upcoming trial. If you missed it, be sure to check out Phil Weiss' extracts and summary:

What did Manning produce?

Bradley Manning leaked three important bodies of documents from his army intelligence service, all of which went to Wikileaks. They are: the Iraq war logs, which comprise 391,000 field reports, most famously the video of the Apache helicopter, opening fire on small crowd of Iraqi civilians in July 2007, killing over a dozen of them, a video seen millions of times around the world, but including documentation of the Haditha massacre in which 24 Iraqi civilians, most of them women, children and the elderly, were killed by American soldiers. Then there are 90,000 Afghan war logs, which include a document expressing suspicion that the Pakistanis are arming and funding the Afghan insurgency. “Certainly worth knowing,” Madar says. And Manning released 260,000 diplomatic cables. These include revelations that the U.S. lobbied to keep down the minimum wage in Haiti so as to keep manufacturing costs low for American employers; also the documentation of Tunisian corruption, which played a role in the revolution there.

Read the rest of the summary at Mondoweiss.