Chelsea Manning, whistle-blowers Vs the alarm bells

In an age of secrecy and government meddling it’s difficult to believe anything you can’t see. 

As we are unknowingly coerced by the likes of Cambridge Analytica and the vague uncertainty of the Mueller report, it’s more important than ever that we have certainty over what’s happening in the world.

And when the ruling class shy away from open accountability, we’re left with no better choice than to turn to whistle-blowers; people who go out of the way to expose the secrets that governments would prefer to stay hidden.

Figures like Julian Assange, Chris Wylie & Chelsie Manning are agents of exposure who observed the corruption around them and put their own safety at risk to stop it.

It’s important we know the corrupt acts of governments, corporations and militaries; say for example, the US army committing countless airstrikes, killing an untold number of unarmed civilians across Baghdad, Afghanistan and Iraq. Obviously, that’s an atrocious act and I think it’s fair to say the US army would have an incentive cover up such a thing.

Over the past couple months there’s been a ruling class revolt against high-profile snitches.

On April 11th, Julian Assange was arrested by London police from the Ecuadorian embassy. Typically, it’s illegal for local police to arrest someone from a foreign embassy but the endeavour of Assange’s arrest was achieved by the collaboration of several world leaders. When Assange was arrested the reason given was for his outstanding allegations of sexual assault. In the case against Assange there’s a high burden of proof to indicate him as a probable rapist. But with so many criminals who slip through the cracks of prosecution by fleeing to foreign nations, it leaves a lot of speculation as to why an exception was made for him.

Another thing that stands out about Assange’s case is that this all happened within two weeks of Chelsea Manning’s arrest. 

Whilst Assange was apprehended for legitimate crimes, the same cannot be said for Manning, whose arrest stemmed from her refusal to testify to a grand jury. 

America’s grand jury is a vague and authoritative group. Their job is to investigate crimes for whatever reason they see fit; they act as judge, detective and prosecution. They also have no oversight and are held accountable by no one.

The grand jury wanted to speak to Manning about an unrelated case concerning Assange and his website WikiLeaks (a notorious database for whistle-blowers to publish information). Because of the secretive nature of the grand jury, it’s unknown what they wanted of Assange; it may have been something to do with his London arrest but because the Grand Jury doesn’t need to disclose anything there’s no way to be sure. There isn’t even a way to see whose hands Manning’s testimony could end up in, a potential catastrophe for the WikiLeaks community.

After Chelsea Manning decided she didn’t want to answer to the grand jury, she was put in contempt of court, which included 61 days in prison (28 of which were in solitary confinement).

The message sent out by Chelsea Manning’s arrest is clear; that even if you have a squeaky clean record, leaked information only for the betterment of the world and even have an official pardon from a sitting US president, the state will always be able to find a way to ostracise and punish whistle-blowers for not conforming to the system.

The arrest of Chelsea Manning shows exactly the problem that she was working to fight, a group of no accountability being able to abuse their power without even exposing the reasoning that led them to do so.

After her 61 days, Manning was given a week away from prison but even before she was released a second subpoena was issued which ended up sending her straight back to jail. Only this time Manning will be fined at least $500 for each day she day she doesn’t testify, furthering the pressure for her to be pushed into compliance.

There isn’t much to be done remotely for her case; Chelsea Manning plans to serve her sentence for as long as possible to protest the system of punishing whistle-blowers and individual freedoms. On her website  https://xychelsea.is/#support

you can find a section to send letters of support directly to Chelsea and help fund her legal case against the grand jury, but beyond that her fate is left in the hands of government officials who couldn’t care less for her wellbeing. 

If you want to learn more about the Chelsea Manning, then the documentary XY Chelsea came out earlier this week and details her journey from military service to being one of America’s most contentious figures.