Mar. 3rd, 2011

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Reposting this here, and not under a cut, because it is a signal boost and the purpose would be defeated otherwise. No matter what people think of Manning and what he did, this is huge and should be all over the place. Let's not forget that Manning is now on the way to being judged by the institution whose war crimes he uncovered. Let's not forget that he has been kept in inhuman conditions for almost 300 days.

Bradley Manning, the gay intelligence analyst charged with leaking U.S. government documents published by WikiLeaks, is facing 22 additional charges including "aiding the enemy," an offense that carries a potential death sentence.

The Army filed the new charges Wednesday against Manning, who is accused of downloading tens of thousands of classified U.S. military and State Department documents that were then publicly released by WikiLeaks.

Pentagon and military officials say some of the classified information obtained by Manning contained names of informants and others who had cooperated with the military in Afghanistan, putting their lives in danger.

Manning, 23, was first charged in July with illegally downloading documents when he worked as a military intelligence analyst in Baghdad. He was also charged with obtaining 150,000 classified State Department cables.

Military prosecutors are recommending a life sentence if he were to be convicted of the “aiding the enemy” charge only. But the military judge would have the power to ignore the recommendation and impose the death penalty.


Article originally posted on Advocate.com.
Press release is posted over at Bradley Manning Support.

There's a feed on LJ, for those who wish to follow the updates: [info]bmanningsupport.
If you want to help, you may donate for his defense here.

Please repost if you support the soldier.
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I'd actually be slightly pleased that someone thought my work was good enough to steal: notice when you hear about art heists, ie. the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist about twenty years ago, the thieves take the masterpieces. When's the last time you heard about someone stealing a Thomas Kinkade painting :: Laughs::?? (Not to slam Thomas Kinkade: his paintings are pretty, but to my eyes, they look more decorative than artistic)

But... and there's always a but. If it was something that I had been paid for, I would want the plagiarist to give me half of what s/he made from the piece they had piggybacked onto my work. If it was a fanfiction, and the bulk of my writing is fanfiction, I would prefer that credit is given where it is due. There are a number of writers who consider fanfic and other derivative works based on their work to be plagiarism, an opinion they are entitled to, but which I find restrictive. As long as credit is given, ie. disclaimers (eg. "I do not own Yami no Matsuei/Inception/Firefly, its characters, concepts or other indicia, which are the intellectual property of Yoko Matsushita/Christopher Nolan/Joss Whedon, etc. etc. etc.), there should be no contest about it. I'm all for the protection of intellectual property, but I'm not a fan of what I call the strangler fig school of copyright laws. As long as there are disclaimers in place and the person isn't profiting from the distribution of their creation, the creator of the derivative work should be cut some slack.

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