Amnesty International calls on US President to intervene in Bradley Manning case
8:07pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
HUMAN rights campaign group Amnesty International is calling on the US President to commute the sentence of former Pembrokeshire schoolboy Bradley Manning to time served.
It comes after military judge Col Denise Lind today sentenced the Wikileaks source to 35 years in jail.
The USA Army Private had been facing up to 90 years for leaking classified information, and has already served more than three years in detention.
In a statement released this afternoon, the organisation raised the issue that some of the materials Manning leaked pointed to potential human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law by US troops abroad, by Iraqi and Afghan forces operating alongside US forces, and by military contractor.
Widney Brown, Amnesty International’s senior director of international law, said: “Bradley Manning should be shown clemency in recognition of his motives for acting as he did, the treatment he endured in his early pre-trial detention, and the due process shortcomings during his trial.
“The President doesn’t need to wait for this sentence to be appealed to commute it; he can and should do so right now.
“Bradley Manning acted on the belief that he could spark a meaningful public debate on the costs of war, and specifically on the conduct of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. His revelations included reports on battlefield detentions and previously unseen footage of journalists and other civilians being killed in US helicopter attacks, information which should always have been subject to public scrutiny.
“Instead of fighting tooth and nail to lock him up for several decades, the US government should turn its attention to investigating and delivering justice for the serious human rights abuses committed by its officials in the name of countering terror.”
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