22 August 2012


The ongoing UK-Julian Assange row taking place at the Ecuador Embassy in London is bringing media attention back to the plight of Pfc. Bradley Manning. Assange's call for Manning's release made international news broadcasts, putting a spotlight on this important case, just ahead of Manning's next hearing.1

With Manning on the public's mind, Kevin Gosztola's coverage from Ft. Meade on August 27th is even more important - and as always, we depend on your support to bring critical details from the court proceedings to readers the world-over.

If you haven't already, consider chipping in $25+ today to support Kevin's coverage and help him make the trip to Ft. Meade for Bradley Manning's next hearing.

For more information, check out my email from last week below.

In solidarity,

Brian Sonenstein
Campaign Director,


1. Julian Assange Delivers Speech Thanking Supporters, Calling for End to US War on Whistleblowers, Kevin Gosztola, FDL Dissenter, 8/19/2012.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Brian Sonenstein, Firedoglake.com
Subject: Manning Back in Court

Help Kevin Gosztola Cover Bradley Manning's Next Hearing: Aug 27-31

Kevin Gosztola will be heading to Bradley Manning's next pretrial motion hearing on August 27 at Ft. Meade.

Following their most recent court appearance, defense attorney David Coombs publicly released a motion detailing the horrific abuses Bradley Manning endured during his isolation at Quantico, demanding the dismissal of all charges.1 Bradley's mistreatment is largely what brought attention to his case in the first place, as he was made to strip naked each night and had essentially zero privacy, access to exercise or outside stimulation.

Firedoglake's dedicated coverage and activism surrounding his abuse forced the government to remove him from punitive isolation, and revisiting the facts of his detention could yield another positive outcome for the defense. With your help, we can send Kevin Gosztola back to Ft. Meade to keep us apprised of the latest court proceedings.

Can you please donate $25 or more to support Kevin Gosztola's coverage of Bradley Manning's pretrial motion hearing, August 27-31?

Click here to donate: https://secure.firedoglake.com/page/contribute/manning-general

Firedoglake activists were instrumental in ending Bradley Manning's pretrial isolation at Quantico. Tens of thousands of activists spoke out against his mistreatment, inspiring some to even confront the President at a fundraiser-- and Firedoglake founder and publisher Jane Hamsher was even detained at Quantico bringing approved guest David House to visit Bradley.2

Together, our activism and Kevin's reporting brought Bradley's abuse to the public, spurring a series of events that fundamentally changed the conditions of his pretrial confinement: State Department spokesperson PJ Crowley was forced to resign after calling Manning's treatment "ridiculous," "counterproductive" and "stupid" at a press event. 3 Quantico brig commander James Averhart was replaced and Manning was subsequently moved to Ft. Leavenworth, KS where his conditions improved.4

Sending Kevin each month to cover the pretrial hearings is an important public service that we are honored to provide, and with your help we'll continue to do so. Help us keep this story alive by making a contribution to Kevin Gosztola's coverage of Bradley Manning's pretrial motion hearings.

Please donate $25 or more to support Kevin Gosztola's coverage of Bradley Manning's pretrial motion hearing, August 27-31.

Thank you for your continued support. Your donations allow Kevin to continue reporting on this story and make sure the government cannot convict Bradley in secrecy.

In Solidarity,

Brian Sonenstein
Campaign Director,


1. Defense Motion Details Horrific Conditions Bradley Manning Was Subjected to at Quantico, Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, 8/10/2012.
2. BREAKING: Military Harassing David House, Jane Hamsher for Visiting Bradley Manning, Michael Whitney, FDL Action, 1/23/2011.
3. State Department’s Crowley Condemns Treatment of Bradley Manning: “Counterproductive and Stupid”, Marcy Wheeler, EmptyWheel, 3/11/11.
4. Marines Boot Commander Ordering Abuse of Bradley Manning, Michael Whitney, FDL Action, 1/26/2011.

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