Bradley Manning’s trial begins today. The young Oklahoman is charged with espionage for courageous acts he undertook in Iraq to tell the American people what was happening with their Middle Eastern wars. We have sought to convey the great moral, political, and social urgency of standing up for Bradley Manning. Note that Daniel Ellsberg undertook similar actions, with more highly-classified documents, and was not imprisoned. And the elite media benefited hugely from Manning’s disclosures, but treat him now as part-traitor.
Where is the Times? Jack Mirkinson asks at Huffpo:
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan noted on Monday that the paper has once again devoted less coverage to the Bradley Manning trial than other outlets.
Manning, who has admitted he leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, is set to start trial on Monday. He faces life in prison for his actions.
Though the Manning story is unquestionably huge–from the details of his controversial detention to the implications of his prosecution–the Times has been criticized in the past for seemingly skimping on coverage. In October, Sullivan called the choice “simply weird,” noting that Manning, through WikiLeaks, had been a huge source of news for the Times.
Moreover, the Times has come up directly at several points in Manning’s ongoing legal proceedings. In a lengthy statement about his dealings with WikiLeaks, Manning said that he had attempted to contact the paper with his information before turning to Julian Assange.
Manning is hailed as a truth-teller, today on Law and Disorder. And, this morning, two friends of Manning’s stood outside the base in the rain.