From Truth Out: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/17935-noam-chomsky-on-grittv-bradley-manning-should-be-regarded-as-a-hero
By Laura Flanders
Friday, 02 August 2013
Bradley Manning has just been acquitted of “aiding the enemy” but convicted of numerous violations of the Espionage Act in a verdict that could set dangerous new precedents for whistle-blowers and journalism.
When Laura Flanders spoke to Noam Chomsky last month, he had only praise for Manning. Here’s what he said:
“Bradley Manning should be regarded as a hero. He is doing what an honest, decent citizen should be doing: letting your population know what the government, the people who rule you are doing. They want to keep it secret of course.”
And that’s not all the renowned author and scholar had to say. Among other topics: what we can glean about the secretive new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (it’s not about trade, says Chomsky); “tiny robots” (Chomsky’s “least favorite, favorite” development); and terrorism: “Obama is running the biggest terrorist operation that exists, maybe in history,” says Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT.
Below is an edited transcript. You can watch the interview in full (and in parts) at GRITtv.org. Truthout contributor and GRITtv host Laura Flanders caught up with Chomsky at the Left Forum in New York in June, immediately after Chomsky delivered a keynote address and held a short private meeting with a representative of the Bolivian government.
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