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The Fifth Estate, the Movie

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“It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won’t claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.” by Bill Condon the director of The Fifth Estate.

Julien Assange & Daniel Domscheit-Berg

Julien Assange & Daniel Domscheit-Berg

It was not approved by Julian Assange but it is worth watching. Why? It does not matter if Assange is paranoid or not, if he is manipulative or not, if he is weird or not, etc. What matters is the fact that he and his collaborators, including the author of the book in which the movie was inspired,  Daniel Domscheit-Berg, changed the history of how information is released, making possible to expose tons of war crimes and government’s corruption. What matters is to expose how much we are manipulated with stupid stories just to distract us. What matters is to see that Democrats don’t differ much from Republicans. This is all that matters. Access to the truth that we have the right to. Access to know that real criminals are free while Assange cannot leave the Equator Embassy in London, Chelsea Manning (former Bradley Manning) was tortured by the US Government and will be in jail for 35 years, Edward Snowden is in Russia and we have no idea if he is safe or not, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras are living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and don’t feel safe to come home. This is what matters.

Note: Assange’s son and mother have moved and changed their names. They are not safe.

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Bradley Manning is My Hero

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“I want people to see the truth, because without it you cannot make informed decisions as a public” – by  Bradley Manning.

“On June 3rd, after more than 3 years of pretrial confinement, military whistle-blower and democracy advocate Bradley Manning will go to trial for “Aiding the Enemy,” a capital offense that could open future whistle-blowers to the death penalty.

As many have pointed out, there is no basis for this charge in a free and just society, because only the public has benefited from his actions.  The charge will set a dangerous precedent for the first amendment, opening whistle-blowers and those who help them to the death penalty.

Bradley’s actions have helped motivate democratic movements around the world, including the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.  They have shed light on the undue influence corporations wield in international policy, US-supported torture in Iraq, and the true number of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The video that Bradley released from Iraq, “Collateral Murder,” is the most stark and obvious evidence of war crimes that the public has seen in our decade. None of those associated with the murder of unarmed civilians and journalists in the video have been brought to justice.

As of yet, the Obama administration and the military court have failed to produce any evidence whatsoever that Bradley’s leaks put the lives of service members of government officials at risk.

After his arrest Bradley suffered nearly a year of solitary confinement, resulting in protests by the UN, the ACLU, and Amnesty International.  Though he has since plead guilty to the charges associated with releasing the files to the public, if Bradley is convicted of “Aiding the Enemy”  he will spend the rest of his life behind bars and future whistle-blowers may face the same.

Join thousands of us already to say: I AM BRADLEY MANNING.

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Lady Liberty: Under Arrest

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Occupy Frankfurt

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The German police took off their helmets and marched with the protest clearing the way for them.

Occupy Frankfurt

Occupy Frankfurt