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American Library Assn takes up resolution in support for WikiLeaks Bradley Manning

At its annual convention in New Orleans this weekend, the American Library Association is expected to vote on a resolution calling on the U.S. military to release Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking more than 250,000 classified diplomatic memos to Wikileaks.

The ALA resolution reportedly compares Manning’s leak to the “courageous action” of Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study of U.S. government decision-making about the Vietnam War.

Fox News reported that resolution is based on the American Library Association’s strong support for “the principle of government accountability and the protection of whistleblowers.”

Another resolution expected to come up for a vote supports WikiLeaks’ “rights” to publish leaked government documents and urges libraries to “link their websites to the WikiLeaks website.”

At a meeting in January, ALA executives discussed the decision by the Library of Congress and other government agencies to block online access to the WikiLeaks website. An ALA blog quotes Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels as saying that “WikiLeaks raises many policy issues including, but not limited to, access to government information, censorship and the blocking of websites, government secrecy and the over-classification of government information, treatment of whistleblowers, government transparency, and the legalities surrounding classified information.”



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