Marjorie Cohn: Manning’s courage

March 2, 2013

Majorie Cohn delivering Susman Lecture. Photo by Richard Bermack

Marjorie Cohn, who teaches at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and gave ALBA’s 2011 Susman lecture, underscores the “uncommon courage” of Bradley Manning in a column on Portside:

No one at WikiLeaks asked or encouraged Bradley to give them the documents, Bradley said. … Before contacting WikiLeaks, Bradley tried to interest the Washington Post in publishing the documents but the newspaper was unresponsive. He tried unsuccessfully to contact the New York Times. During his first nine months in custody, Bradley was kept in solitary confinement, which is considered torture as it can lead to hallucinations, catatonia and suicide. …. Bradley’s actions are not unlike those of Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon Papers helped to expose the government’s lies and end the Vietnam War.

Read the whole text here.