The anti-secrecy international organisation was founded in 2006 by Australian Julian Assange. The non-profit group calls itself a media organisation and also acts as an online "drop box" for anonymous sources to leak information and documents to journalists. In 2010, WikiLeaks became more prominent after releasing the "Collateral Murder" video, which showed US Army helicopter firing on a group of mostly unarmed men, two of whom were journalists.

WikiLeaks activist records Bradley Manning trial for publication as comic

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 11:03pm

A comic of Bradley Manning's trial, produced from the court, is being created by artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley and will be published in the autumn.

Stoeckley, who drives a truck carrying the WikiLeaks logo to court in Fort Meade, Maryland, each day, said: "It [the truck] definitely turns heads. My feeling is that if they allow the Fox News truck on base they have to allow me here too, right?"

He is meticulously recording every detail of the trial from the courtroom, drawing and writing down events as they happen.

Since the trial of the US soldier for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified files began on June 3, Stoeckley has already drawn images of Manning at the defence table, and of Adrian Lamo, the former computer hacker who turned Manning in. He has also sketched observers wearing T-shirts bearing the word "truth", which they have been told by court officials to wear inside out.

The comic, "The United States vs PFC Bradley Manning: A Graphic Account from Inside the Courtroom", will include drawings of events that illustrate the matters under discussion and text from the trial transcript. It will be published in October by New York-based independent publisher OR Books.


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