VIDEO: Chase Madar on the Court Martial of Bradley Manning at Democracy Now! and CURRENT TV
Speaking with Democracy Now!, Madar defends Manning's actions as those of a politically-motivated citizen concerned with the consequences of US foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan. He assert that Manning's intelligence leaks have never been tied to American deaths, but rather, the leak was a national benefit that resulted in the enlightenment of the public and a more thorough, nuanced understanding of the war. Echoing the sentiments of James Madison, Madar reminds us that, "a popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prelude to a tragedy or a farce, or perhaps both."
Madar points out the hypocrisy of the US military on CURRENT TV: while consistently "infinitely forgiving" with charges of sexual assault or the deaths of foreign civilians, response to Manning's leak has shown that the Obama administration's standards of treason seem incompatible with real justice.
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