Bradley Manning versus the Culture of Revenge

A forum presented by Sydney Solidarity for Bradley Manning, who has been accused of leaking classified government information to Wikileaks. Chair: David Shoebridge, Greens MP. Panel: Prof Wendy Bacon, Dr Ben Saul, Prof Stuart Rees.
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Cassie Findlay @CassPF
. @ShoebridgeMLC: we should recognize that Manning is only guilty of crime of showing naked face of war eg #collateralmurder #s4bforum
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
#s4bforum @ShoebridgeMLC: #BradleyManning has been put up as a cause celèbre to show what happens to whistleblowers
Kate Ausburn @kateausburn
David @shoebridgemlc says treatment of Bradley Manning for alleged whistleblowing is a warning to us all, cld happen to any of us. #s4bforum
Kate Ausburn @kateausburn
Prof Stuart Rees: we are all living through a very ugly time in politics, here and in United States. #s4bforum
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
#s4bforum @ProfStuartRees: the culture of revenge has been applied to #BradleyManning & #Assange but also generally, eg mass imprisonment
Cassie Findlay @CassPF
Rees: Part of the culture of revenge is bullying using black letter law - as in the case of #Hicks at present #s4bforum
Cassie Findlay @CassPF
Rees now on Hobbes and John Stuart Mill re the question of how much the state can be tolerated in suppressing the individual #s4bforum
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
#s4bforum @ProfStuartRees It's responsibility of the public to argue #BradleyManning 's rights have been so abused he can't get a fair trial
Cassie Findlay @CassPF
Rees relating @lockean's visits with Manning and the pressure on him from US govt to give them info on Manning and #Assange #s4bforum
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
#s4bforum @ProfStuartRees David House @lockean was offered money to inform on #BradleyManning or #Assange (widening of culture of revenge)
💧Mary Kostakidis @MaryKostakidis
#s4bforum Rees urges we "remember humanity & forget the rest" (B. Russell)& work to change culture of revenge.
Cassie Findlay @CassPF
Ben Saul's on now, hearing his bio. What an overachiever ;-) #s4bforum
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
#s4bforum Ben Saul: As a lawyer I'm usually the most radical guy in the room, but tonight @Wendy_Bacon & @ProfStuartRees are here!
Kate Ausburn @kateausburn
Dr Ben Saul says 'we know Bradley Manning was inhumanely treated for at least first 10mths of incarceration'. #s4bforum
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
#s4bforum Ben Saul: In terms of polarisation btw #BradleyManning being a hero or an enemy of the state, govt may claim the public …
Cassie Findlay @CassPF
Saul: The polarizing views on Manning align to generational change, greater engagement using technology vs trad views #s4bforum
Cassie Findlay @CassPF
Saul: Agrees with Michael Fullilove (!) that cable release was an incoherent dump that Manning could not have considered properly #s4bforum
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
#s4bforum Ben Saul: … cannot understand the requirements of public security. OTOH Fullilove has noted Manning did not consider each cable.
💧Mary Kostakidis @MaryKostakidis
#s4bforum Ben Saul on Bradley: "modern warrior of culture or enemy of the state? Motivated by conscience but big dump of info was reckless"
Kate Ausburn @kateausburn
Manning motivated by best intentions, but some actions reckless (diplomatic cable release), he is a 'tragic figure' says Ben Saul #s4bforum
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
#s4bforum Ben Saul: Law on disclosure is balancing act. There's no public interest in personal info; some military info etc shd be protected
Sydney for Chelsea @syd4chelsea
RT @CassPF: Saul: The polarizing views on Manning align to generational change, greater engagement using technology vs trad views #s4bforum
Cassie Findlay @CassPF
Saul now on legal definition of public interest and sensitivity re release of information. Oh bloody hell not national security #s4bforum
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