Memos and documents revealed by Freedom of Information Act requests shine light on the extreme lengths the U.S. government took to try to stop whistleblowers in the wake of Chelsea Manning’s massive leak of army reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.
The documents, released on Sunday by national security journalist Alexa O’Brien on her website and Twitter account, are the results of several FOIA requests pertaining to the U.S. government’s response to WikiLeaks’ publication of classified documents.
Manning, who served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Iraq, gave WikiLeaks hundreds of thousands of classified files in 2010, which the website published online. In 2013, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison, which she is currently serving at a military facility at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
To be honest, the fact that most of us slightly got angry or surprised with Panama Papers revelations, shows that the Matrix that we live in has already affected the moral centers of our brain. However, there are hopeful signs of resistance. Only one example is the mass movement created by Bernie Sanders in the United States. And that's one of the most serious reasons for the fierce hunt of the real whistleblowers by the establishment, in order to take the monopoly of the leak "industry".