Wednesday, August 04, 2010
U.S. Army Wikileaker Private Bradley Manning Outed As A Homosexual With A History Of Gay Rights Activism
According to a post on RedCounty, the Family Research Council (FRC) has revealed that the now-infamous Wikileaker, U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, is a homosexual activist. The FRC cites a story in the U.K. Telegraph which indicated that not only does Manning has an extensive history of campaigning for gay, lesbian, and transgendered causes, but may have even been considering a sex change when he leaked military secrets on the Internet via Wikileaks. Once again, a foreign media source reports what the gutless, co-opted, celebrity-obsessed American national media hasn't the courage to touch.
According to the Telegraph, Manning engaged in gay rights activism before he joined the U.S. Army. The stereotypical son of a lovey-dovey British mother and a cold, distant, authoritarian American father, Bradley Manning moved to the U.K. after his parents' marriage dissolved. Susan Manning, 56, moved to the US in 1979 after marrying Bradley’s American father Brian Manning, a former serviceman who was based at the Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, near Haverfordwest. Bradley Manning was born in Oklahoma but the couple divorced in 2001 and Mrs Manning moved back to Wales with her son, who sat his GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) at the Tasker Milward secondary school in Haverfordwest. Pictures on Bradley Manning's Facebook page include photos of him on school trips during his time in Wales and at a gay rights rally, where he is holding up a placard demanding equality on the battlefield.
It has not been reported whether Manning actually engaged in gay rights political activism in violation of DADT after he joined the U.S. Army. However, he was known to be open about his homosexuality. Manning's postings on Facebook were apparently a precursor to his release of information on Wikileaks. He began his postings on January 12th, 2010, saying: "Bradley Manning didn't want this fight. Too much to lose, too fast." At the beginning of May, when he was serving at a US military base near Baghdad, he changed his status to: "Bradley Manning is now left with the sinking feeling that he doesn't have anything left." Five days later he said he was livid after being lectured by ex-boyfriend, then later the same day said he was not a piece of equipment and was beyond frustrated with people and society at large. His tagline on his personal page reads: "Take me for who I am, or face the consequences!" A June 10th Washington Post story reveals Manning had earlier lost a stripe for striking a fellow soldier. Finally, Manning was arrested at the end of May on suspicion of leaking a video of a US helicopter attack, and quickly became the main suspect when the Afghan war documents were leaked earlier this week.
It appears that after his demotion, Bradley Manning felt he no longer had a future in the Army, and so he thought that by sharing classified information about his government's foreign policy, he might "actually change something."
The Pentagon, which is investigating the source of the leak, is expected to study Manning’s background to ascertain if they missed any warnings when he applied to join the US Army. The postings on his Facebook page, which has since been pulled, are also likely to form part of the inquiry. However, the revelation of Manning's sexuality has provided fresh justification to those who oppose relaxing DADT; the Family Research Council noted that "Manning's betrayal painfully confirms what groups like FRC have argued all along: the instability of the homosexual lifestyle is a detriment to military readiness. By foisting this agenda on our soldiers, the White House is not only jeopardizing the future of national security but compromising its present".
Bradley Manning is being held in solitary confinement in Vermont. He has been charged with violating Article 92 and Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice; you can review the specifications HERE. If convicted on all the charges, Manning could face a 52-year sentence.