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Wednesday 13 December 2017

He did right thing, says Amnesty

Fiona Ellis

THE executive director of Amnesty International Ireland says Private Bradley Manning, who is facing a sentence of up to 136 years in jail for leaking thousands of classified documents, has been punished for doing the right thing.

Colm O'Gorman said it was hard not to draw the conclusion Manning's trial was about sending a message – that "the US government will come after you, no holds barred, if you're thinking of revealing evidence of its unlawful behaviour".

John Devitt, chief executive of Transparency International Ireland, said the Obama administration's apparent hostility towards national security whistleblowers belied the US President's election promise to make government more open.

"The prosecution against Manning in particular sends out the message that blowing the whistle on torture and abuse is worse than the abuse itself," said Devitt.

"If the US military wanted to make an example of Pte Manning for others, then nearly three years in solitary confinement will have already achieved that aim," he added.

Irish Independent

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