On August 22, WikiLeaks Slovensko was set to publish more classified diplomatic dispatches from the US Embassy in Bratislava, as part of a protest against the prison sentence given to Bradley Manning, the former US solider alleged to have leaked thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. Head of the Slovak Human Rights Institute, Peter Weisenbacher, informed the TASR newswire.
“Private Manning is a political prisoner, a prisoner of conscience,” said Peter Weisenbacher, the head of the Slovak Human Rights Institute. “Manning has not committed any crime – on the contrary, his detention and court were a slap in the face of justice and we cannot agree with that. Our effort for his release continues.” He added that he considered it outrageous that instead of investigating properly the abuse of power, US administration sought to prosecute Manning. The Institute has organised several steps to support Manning, and at the Pohoda music festival, more than 1,000 Slovaks signed a petition asking that Manning be freed.
Slovak civil activists, in collaboration with the Human Rights Institute, launched the Slovak version of WikiLeaks at the beginning 2013 to mark the first anniversary of the Gorilla protests. Slovak translations of diplomatic cables from the US Embassy have appeared on www.wikileaks-slovensko.org, containing correspondence on political, economic and global developments as well as certain details from behind the scenes in Slovak politics.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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22. Aug 2013 at 14:00