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Re: <nettime> Wikileaks - time to switch the focus: save private Manning
Leigh Blackall on Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:28:07 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Wikileaks - time to switch the focus: save private Manning!



On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM, J.A. Terranson <measl {AT} mfn.org> wrote:

> On Thu, 13 Jan 2011, Patrice Riemens wrote:
> <SNIP all of the terrible things happening to Manning>
> > I believe this is grossly unfair and calls for redress. Without denying
> > the importance of watching developments around Wikileaks and what
> > happens with its somewhat quixotic supremo, I am getting worried and
> > upset by the fact that this gets far more attention, concern, and I dare
> > say sympathy, at the expense of pressure and campaigning in favor of
> > Bradley Manning, who, like every other defendant, deserves human
> > conditions of detention and a fair trial.
> Such is the very nature of whistleblowing: the whistleblower gets shit on,
> often unable to ever find work again (if not worse, like Manning), while
> those who s/he has leaked to make a fortune off the leak(s) (all the while
> not actually working too hard to make the leaks into the tools they were
> envisioned by the leaker, but instead using them as a short term financial
> windfall, afterwhich the source(s) get to GFY, and the public mouthpiece
> get to move on to the next sucker in line.
> The altruistic whistleblower (ie, one who does it for no money) always
> gets left out in the cold.  Such is the nature of the Universe, which, of
> course, hates each and every one of us when you get right down to it...
> //Alif

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