Today, Chelsea Manning is being hauled before a grand jury. Again. We urgently need you to take action and tell the US Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Eastern District of Virginia to Leave Chelsea Alone!
Earlier this morning, London police entered the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested Julian Assange. Press freedom, civil liberties, and human rights groups have long opposed the extradition of Assange to the US.
On March 26, 2018 Defending Rights & Dissent sent a letter to the Alexandria Sheriff demanding Chelsea Manning be released from solitary confinement.
Manning is a whistleblower, a truth teller, and a hero. Yet, for making the American people aware of crimes committed by their government in their name the US government has repeatedly persecuted her.
Supporters of Chelsea Manning braved a chilly morning to gather outside the US District Courthouse for the Eastern District of Virginia. Manning was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, but has vowed to fight the subpoena
FBI agent Terry Albury saw inherent racism in the FBI’s targeting of local communities of color, and sought to blow the whistle on that racism and the agency’s unethical use of paid informants. He will be sentenced under the Espionage Act next week.
Last week, whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in prison, plus 3 years of supervised release. Her crime was releasing one 5 page document about alleged Russian hacking and attempts to spearfish U.S. election officials.
Victory for Journalists, Whistleblowers, and Activists As Key Provisions of Ag-Gag Law Found to Be Unconstitutional
In a victory for journalists, whistleblowers, and activists, on January 4, 2018 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down key provisions of Idaho’s ag-gag as unconstitutional. Defending Rights & Dissent has long asserted ag-gag laws are unconstitutional.
Reality Winner is accused of leaking a 5-page document about Russian attempts to hack the election. She is being charged under the Espionage Act, her lawyers are challenging that, and if they are successful, they may prevent the government from using the act to go after future whistleblowers.