Bradley Manning

Public being told more lies about Iraq, says Chelsea Manning

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 June, 2014, 10:30pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 June, 2014, 10:30pm

The detained US soldier convicted of leaking a trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks has made a rare foray into public life to warn Americans they were being lied to about Iraq once more.

Chelsea Manning is serving 35 years on espionage charges.

"I understand my actions violated the law. However, the concerns that motivated me have not been resolved," the soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning wrote in a New York Times editorial.

"As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan."

While the US military was upbeat in its public outlook on the 2010 Iraqi elections, suggesting it had helped bring stability and democracy to the country, "those of us stationed there were acutely aware of a more complicated reality", Manning wrote. He was "shocked by our military's complicity in the corruption of that election. Yet these deeply troubling details flew under the American media's radar."

Agence France-Presse