브래들리 매닝 지원연대는 오늘 보도자료를 통해 지난 10일 위키리크스가 브래들리 매닝의 변호를 위해 1만5천1백달러를 보내왔다고 밝혔습니다
브래들리 매닝 지원연대는 비자, 마스터카드, 페이팔등이 위키리크스의 계정을 폐쇄함으로써 위키리크스가 재정적 위기해 직면했음에도 불구하고 매닝의 변호기금 일부를 보내준데 대해 고맙게 생각한다고 전했습니다
브래들리 매닝 지원연대는 위키리크스내부인사 보호를 위해 누가 어떤 방식으로 돈을 전해왔는지는 밝히지 않겠다고 덧붙였습니다
브래들리 매닝 지원연대는 매닝의 변호팀에게 10만달러를 모금, 이미 전달했으며, 매닝의 변호에는 최소 11만5천달러가 들것으로 예상하고 있습니다
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bradley Manning Support Network
WikiLeaks fulfills pledge to support accused whistle-blower Bradley Manning
Providence, RI, January 13, 2011 -- On Monday, WikiLeaks fulfilled its pledge to contribute toward the legal defense of accused whistleblower Bradley Manning by transferring $15,100 to the legal trust account of Manning's attorney. WikiLeaks publicly solicited donations specifically for the expenses of Manning's legal defense following his arrest in May 2010.
In light of WikiLeaks' current fiscal challenges -- due in large part to the shameful actions of Visa, MasterCard and PayPal in cutting off services to WikiLeaks at the behest of the US government -- the Bradley Manning Support Network commends WikiLeaks for their contribution at this time. "This donation from WikiLeaks is vital to our efforts to ensure Bradley receives a fair, open trial," says founder and steering committee member Mike Gogulski.
The Support Network does not name donors as a matter of course. However, WikiLeaks' pledge and anticipated contribution have been a matter of public record and ongoing interest.
This contribution by WikiLeaks brings the total funds raised and transferred to Bradley's civilian legal defense team, led by attorney David Coombs, to over $100,000. The minimum amount necessary to mount a vigorous defense for Bradley Manning is estimated to be $115,000.
Having funded nearly the entire legal bill months prior to court-martial, the Support Network is now turning its efforts to broadening a public education campaign regarding the charges against Bradley as well as the inhumane conditions that he currently endures in confinement at the brig in Quantico, Virginia. The issues at hand include government transparency, online freedom of expression, the content of the leaked materials in question and the urgency of bringing an end to Americaâ€™s wars of occupation.
The components of this campaign will include the public "Stand with Brad" declaration at www.standwithbrad.org, nationwide events to coincide with Bradley's pre-trial Article 32 hearing, expected in March, and another round of events in conjunction with the court-martial itself, anticipated for this summer.
"We have seen an enormous outpouring of support internationally, in donations as well as volunteers," stated Jeff Paterson, steering committee member for the Bradley Manning Support Network. "Internationally, people are speaking out against the unjust imprisonment of Bradley Manning, who is for all intents accused of acting out of moral conviction. Our network applauds WikiLeaks for making this donation and urges others to protest any attempt by the government to use Manning as a scapegoat or to hold a secret trial."
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