Nice abridged version of Goodman’s previous article.

Truth Within, Shines Without

Adapted from material  © 2012 Amy Goodman

Bradley Manning was finally allowed to speak publicly, in his own defense, in a preliminary hearing of his court-martial. In April 2010, the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks released a U.S. military video showing an Apache helicopter killing a dozen civilians in Baghdad, including two Reuters employees, a videographer and his driver. One month after the video was released, Manning was arrested in Iraq, charged with leaking the video and hundreds of thousands of documents.

Thus began his ordeal of cruel, torturous and degrading imprisonment in solitary confinement, from his detention in Kuwait to months in the military brig in Quantico, Va. Facing global condemnation, the U.S. military transferred Manning to less-abusive detention at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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As he now faces 22 counts in a court martial that could land him in prison for the rest of his life, his lawyer argued in court that…

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