"Torturing Ants with a Magnifying Glass" ~ PFC Bradley Manning
Leaked audio recording of Bradley Manning describing his response to the July 12, 2007 Baghdad Apache airstrike video that documented the killing of two Reuters journalists. By Laura Poitras and Jenny Perlin
Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation released the entire audio of a statement read to the court by Private First Class Bradley Manning on February 28, 2013: the first time the American public has heard Bradley address, in his own voice, the multiple charges he is facing, including aiding and abetting the enemy, since his arrest on May 29, 2010. He has been confined for nearly three years without a trial, the first eight months of which were described by Professor Juan Mendez, the United Nations Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Degrading or Inhuman Punishment, in his February 29, 2012
addendum to the Human Rights Council:
Further, Dr. Mendez told the AFP on March 5, 2012, that: "I believe Bradley Manning was subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in the excessive and prolonged isolation he was put in during the eight months he was in Quantico." On April 21, 2011, Bradley was moved from Quantico to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In an online chat with convicted hacker Adrian Lamo, who dutifully reported back to his FBI handlers, someone alleged to be Bradley mused:
“If you had free reign over classified networks… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?”
“God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”