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Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years, World Reactions



Bradley Manning, the heroic whistleblower for Wikleaks and devious traitor for the Pentagon, was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison by a U.S. military court in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Manning had been convicted last month of 20 charges — including espionage — for handing hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

Prosecutors had originally asked for a 60-year sentence in order to send a message to future potential leakers. A more recently hailed/hated leaker of classified US information, Edward Snowden, has no doubt been following the proceedings from Russia, where he has been given temporary asylum. Manning's sentence was leading the news on the homepage of top Moscow daily Kommersant.

Russia's Kommersant homepage - Kommersant.ru

The world immediately took to Twitter to react to the 25-year-old U.S. soldier's sentence.

The US will never be able to lecture world again about the value of transparency and press freedoms without triggering a global laughing fit

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 21, 2013

Freedom for Mubarak, 35 years for Manning.

— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) August 21, 2013

Significant strategic victory in Bradley Manning case. Bradley Manning now elegible for release in less than 9 years, 4.4 in one calculation

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 21, 2013

Manning: Sentenced to 35 yrs in prison for leaking gov'mt docs. Hayden: Appearing live on nat'l TV to defend his illegal surveillance.

— Amie Stepanovich (@astepanovich) August 21, 2013

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, tells me Bradley Manning's 35-year sentence will not deter all future whistleblowers.

— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) August 21, 2013

BREAKING: Betrayal of classified documents entrusted to you has serious legal consequences. #Shocker

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) August 21, 2013

Manning condamné à 35 ans de prison pour avoir révélé des informations d'intérêt public. Jour de honte pour la démocratie américaine.

— Edwy Plenel (@edwyplenel) August 21, 2013

Manning sentenced to 35 years for revealing information in the public's interest. Shameful day for American democracy.

@PedroFerriz La sentencia a #Manning demuestra que en EEUU es delito evidenciar la inmundicia del gobierno.

— Alvaro valjean (@Alvaro_valjean) August 21, 2013

Manning's sentence is proof that in the U.S. it is a crime to demonstrate the government's filth

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New Study Finds High Levels Of Anti-LGBTQ+ Discrimination In Buddhism

We tend to think of Buddhism as a religion devoid of commandments, and therefore generally more accepting than others. The author, an Australian researcher — and "genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist" themself — suggests that it is far from being the case.

Photo of a Buddhist monk in a Cambodia temple, walking away from the camera

Some Buddhist spaces can be highly heteronormative and show lack of understanding toward the LGBTQ+ community

Stephen Kerry

More than half of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ Buddhists feel reluctant to “come out” to their Buddhist communities and nearly one in six have been told directly that being LGBTQIA+ isn’t in keeping with the Buddha’s teachings.

These are some of the findings from my research looking at the experiences of LGBTQIA+ Buddhists in Australia.

✉️ You can receive our LGBTQ+ International roundup every week directly in your inbox. Subscribe here.

I’m a genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist myself and I was curious about others’ experiences in Australia since there has been no research done on our community before. So, in 2020, I surveyed 82 LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and have since followed this up with 29 face-to-face interviews.

Some people may think Buddhism would be quite accepting of LGBTQIA+ people. There are, after all, no religious laws, commandments or punishments in Buddhism. My research indicates, however, this is not always true.

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