-- President Obama has dramatically escalated the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, resulting in the highest number of deaths last year in the entire history of the war.
++ Manning allegedly exposed war crimes committed by U.S. troops occupying and invading Afghanistan.
-- President Obama has greatly expanded the wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, greatly increasing drone attacks and deaths during each year of his presidency.
++ Manning allegedly exposed war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Iraq, while Obama's Pentagon just asked $3 billion more for that "ended" war.
-- President Obama has supported dictators in Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, military coups in Honduras and The Maldives, and sends billions in arms to nuclear-armed Israel as it dispossesses Palestinians of their land, holds them without charges and tortures them in its prisons, and threatens war on Iran.
++ Manning allegedly exposed the dirty dealings that both Democratic and Republican U.S. presidents have had with a host of human rights abusers around the world.
-- President Obama has pushed anti-democratic measures on a host of fronts, signing the NDAA which gutted habeas corpus, playing judge-jury-and-executioner by assassinating people aboard, aggressively supporting corporate and government intrusions on personal privacy, deporting over 1 million immigrants, and attacking whistle-blowers of all sorts.
++ Manning helped strengthen democracy by allegedly exposing the crimes of our government. The Obama administration's response? The removal of his clothes and extended periods of solitary confinement, prompting even the British government to protest his treatment. As Daniel Ellsberg, the ex-Marine who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon Papers blowing the whistle on U.S. war crimes of the Vietnam era said, "The treatment amounted to 'no-touch torture,' intended to demoralize Manning so he would implicate Julian Assange"