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As power concentrates into ever-fewer hands, we are increasingly dependent on whistleblowers - insiders who come forward to tell the truth about what is being done in our name.

The powerful know this, and go to great lengths to destroy whistleblowers as a warning to others.

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When Chelsea Manning was a US Army Private, she leaked a trove of US government cables to journalists, revealing widespread corruption, from the coverup of the US military's murder of Reuters journalists to cozy deals with the world's worst dictators.

Manning was betrayed by a journalist she'd trusted and was imprisoned and tortured by the US government. After her sentence was commuted by Obama on his way out of office, she was re-imprisoned for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

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Apologists for corruption and imperialism have pulled out all the stops since to keep her from finding even a sliver of peace and recognition. In 2017, Harvard rescinded her fellowship offer because @seanspicer (seriously) objected to it.

usatoday.com/story/opinion/201

Manning told the truth to the American people about what their government was doing in their name. Spicer lied to the American people while drawing a public salary. Harvard sided with Spicer.

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Despite the powerful enemies who pursue their petty vendetta against her, Manning has continued to do good work, teaching AI and machine learning on her Twitch channel, and lecturing on prison support and mutual aid.

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The activist Lisa Rein has set up a Gofundme fundraiser to help Manning pay her bills: rent, groceries and other monthly bills. They're seeking $33k, and as of this writing have raised less than $2k. I will be contributing (in Sean Spicer's name) after I publish this.

If you can afford to contribute, I hope you will too.

gofundme.com/f/happy-birthday-

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