Letter of Appreciation from Pvt Chelsea Manning

March 24, 2014

Chelsea E. Manning
1300 North Warehouse Road
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66927-2304 2014.03.17

Veterans for Peace
216 South Meramec Avenue St. Louis, Missouri 63105
Subject: Letter of Appreciation- Veterans for Peace

Veterans for Peace,

I would like to thank your organization for your support during my recent court-martial. I especially appreciate your efforts in raising funds, organizing petitions, public education events, and demonstrations supporting me in my case. Without your efforts, my court­ martial would not have been nearly as visible to the public, and many of these serious issues may have gone unnoticed.

In preparing for the appeals phase of my legal proceedings, I have worked with the Chelsea Manning Support Network (http://www.chel seamanning.org) to hire excellent civilian defense counsel, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward of the law firm Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both Ms. Hollander and Mr. Ward have achieved successes in complex, high-profile civil and criminal cases in the past,and fought to protect the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties and social justice through their work in Guantanamo, the Gulf Coast oil spill, and more.

I hope that you will continue supporting my fight for justice. My case impacts important issues that affect many, if not all Americans. These include the rights of an accused not to be subjected to harsh and unnecessary pre-trial punishment, the right to a speedy trial, the right to timely and complete access to relevant evidence held by the government, and the right to a public trial. Your support for my case going forward can even help to define the limits of power held by the military's convening authorities, the Executive branch, and the U.S. government.

I look forward to any correspondence that you might wish to send me in the future. You can currently write to me at the following address:


I sincerely hope that we can continue working together to change history. To learn more about supporting my case, you can contact the Chelsea Manning Support Network through their website (http://www.chelseamanning .org) or by calling at 510.488.3559.

With warm regards;