Blowing the whistle on a war crime is
not a crime
The Private Manning Support Network, of which Veterans For Peace is part, is calling on groups and individuals to support calls for a presidential pardon or grant of clemency for Private Chelsea (formerly PFC Bradley) Manning. On August 21, 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing the Collateral Murder video that exposed the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. Manning also shared documents, known as the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and a series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. Manning's imprisonment has resulted in an international outcry, with people throughout the world demanding his release and calling for transparency in America's war policies. Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has called Manning, "A new hero of mine."