Mon Jul 22, 2013, 12:24 PM
struggle4progress (76,251 posts)
How many documents released by Bradley Manning have you actually read?
Between his arrival in Iraq in October 2009 and his arrest in May 2010, Bradley Manning released about 750 000 documents -- which averages to about one every 30 seconds, 24/7, during that time
I figure a dedicated Manning enthusiast has had enough time by now to read through the release, at the rate of about a document a minute, by devoting seventy-five hours a week, fifty weeks a year, over the last three years
So, DUers, how many of those documents have you actually read yourself?
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How many documents released by Bradley Manning have you actually read? (Original post)
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Mon Jul 22, 2013, 12:49 PM
think (3,964 posts)
1. The video was my main focus
As for individual documents I don't know if I've read any in their entirety as I haven't found them readily available.
But I am familiar with the context and the issues behind the documents. Here's a few of the highlights:
Ten Revelations From Bradley Manning's WikiLeaks Documents
By Ryan Gallagher - Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 12:55 PM
.... Leaked records from the Afghan War separately revealed coalition troops’ alleged role in killing at least 195 civilians in unreported incidents, one reportedly involving U.S. service members machine-gunning a bus, wounding or killing 15 passengers.
The U.S. Embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country that opposed genetically modified crops, with U.S. diplomats effectively working directly for GM companies such as Monsanto.
British and American officials colluded in a plan to mislead the British Parliament over a proposed ban on cluster bombs.
A leaked diplomatic cable provided evidence that during an incident in 2006, U.S. troops in Iraq executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence. The disclosure of this cable was later a significant factor in the Iraqi government’s refusal to grant U.S. troops immunity from prosecution beyond 2011, which led to U.S. troops withdrawing from the country.
A NATO coalition in Afghanistan was using an undisclosed “black” unit of special operations forces to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. The unit was revealed to have had a kill-or-capture list featuring details of more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida, but it had in some cases mistakenly killed men, women, children, and Afghan police officers.
In apparent violation of a 1946 U.N. convention, Washington initiated a spying campaign in 2009 that targeted the leadership of the U.N. by seeking to gather top officials’ private encryption keys, credit card details, and biometric data.
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