[resource-net] ReSource 005: The Medium of Treason - The Bradley Manning Case
tbazz at transmediale.de
Mon Apr 29 11:31:55 CEST 2013
ReSource 005: The Medium of Treason
The Bradley Manning Case: Agency or Misconduct in a Digital Society?
An intervention @ Urban Spree Gallery (S/U Warschauer Straße, Revaler
Straße 99, 10245 Berlin), 5 May 2013, starts at 17, free entry.
with: Birgitta Jónsdóttir (Iceland), Andy Müller Maguhn (Germany), John
Moderated by Diani Barreto (USA), introduced by Tatiana Bazzichelli (IT/DE).
On April 5, 2010, the Internet leak website WikiLeaks, published a video
titled Collateral Murder, where a United States Apache helicopter fired
on civilians in New Baghdad in 2007. The video shows American military
personnel shooting and killing 11 individuals whose cameras were
ostensibly mistaken for weapons. Two children were also gravely wounded
on the scene. Two of those people killed were war correspondents for
Reuters, the 22-year-old Reuters’ photojournalist Namir Noor-Eldeen and
his driver, 40-year-old Saeed Chmagh.
After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S.
military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance
with the law of armed conflict and its own "Rules of Engagement".
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, MP in Iceland, co-produced the video in 2010 with
encrypted footage that had been leaked to WikiLeaks by an unnamed
source, now revealed as Pfc. Bradley Manning.
In May 2010, the 22-year-old American Army intelligence analyst Bradley
Manning was arrested after telling Adrian Lamo, a hacker in the US, that
he had leaked the airstrike video, along with a video of another
airstrike and around 260.000 diplomatic cables, to WikiLeaks.
Manning has been held in detention by the US military ever since. He has
already pleaded guilty on 10 counts that could subject him to 20 years
under multiple violations of the Espionage Act of 1917 and of "aiding
In this highly polarizing case, lawyers, civil rights organizations and
journalists are insisting that Bradley Manning had disclosed the
information under the aegis of his 1st Amendment Rights, which protects
Freedom of Speech. In light of the charges he faces, any leak of
classified information to any media organization could potentially be
interpreted as an act of treason.
This event will afford the distinguished guests the opportunity to
re-visit the making of the Collateral Murder video three years on, to
discuss the "United States v. Bradley Manning" trial on June 3rd, 2013,
which has been hailed "the most important National Security trial in the
history of the US" (NYT Pentagon Papers counsel James C. Goodale) and
how it has engendered a pattern of intimidation to threaten and silence
whistleblowers, cyberactivists, journalists and news organizations such
as Wikileaks, and the implications concerning the future of political
agency, free speech, freedom of information and the sanctity of the Press.
In this context, the speakers will also discuss the reprisals and
political ethics in the cases of information disclosure and judicial
overreach brought against hackers such as Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown,
and the tragic surmise of Aaron Swartz.
The speakers will furthermore evaluate the groundwork of new initiatives
for civil society platforms intended to monitor, lobby and support
legislation that strengthen freedom of information as well as providing
protections for sources and whistleblowers in the rapidly accelerating
complexities of the information age.
This event is organised by the reSource transmedial culture berlin of
the transmediale festival in partnership with re:publica.
The event is co-curated with Diani Barreto, and it is one of events that
will kick off this year's re:publica13.
With the kind support of the www.freebradleymanning.net initiative Berlin
Birgitta Jónsdóttir MP, Iceland.
Andy Müller Maguhn (Germany), Board Member of the Wau Holland Stiftung
John Goetz (USA), NDR's investigative editor at ARD-Hauptstadtstudio and
member of the investigative team of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Moderated by Diani Barreto (USA), Media activist.
Introduced by Tatiana Bazzichelli (IT/DE), reSource transmedial culture
reSource 005 will be thematically followed by another event within the
re:publica programme organised in the framework of the cooperation
between re:publica and the reSource transmedial culture of transmediale:
Iceland could have been innovative - Participatory democracy. With
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, 6 May, 13:30 - 14:00, at Station (U Gleisdreieck,
Luckenwalder Straße 4-6, 10963 Berlin).
reSource transmedial culture berlin:
Tatiana Bazzichelli // programme curator
reSource transmedial culture berlin // http://www.transmediale.de/resource
BWPWAP - transmediale 2013
29.01 – 03.02, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin //
transmediale | festival for art and digital culture berlin
Klosterstr. 68 10179 Berlin, Germany | fon +49 30 24749 761 | fax +49 30
Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH
Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender Volker Heller | Geschäftsführer Moritz van Dülmen
More information about the resource-net