Alan Moore, perhaps the most recognisble and respected name in comics for his ground-breaking creations such as Watchmen and V For Vendetta, has come out and publicly defended WikiLeaks whistleblower PFC Bradley Manning.
Here’s what Moore had to say on the matter: (via Bleeding Cool)
“With any legitimate trial of whistleblower Bradley Manning still being at an unspecified date in the future, it would seem that what is presently on trial here is Western culture itself. When the persecution of an individual who has exposed an evil is pursued so ruthlessly and yet the evil itself is studiedly ignored, all of us know that there is something very wrong with the way that our society is conducting itself. And if we do not protest in the strongest terms about what is being done in our name, then we become complicit.
There is no third option. Bradley Manning and others like him everywhere are vital to our continued moral health and well-being as a people, and unless we offer them our full support in their often dire and isolated circumstances, it is we, as a people, who will end up the losers.”
As expected, Moore does not mince his words. For anyone who has been living underground for a year and somehow missed the Manning story catch up with this New York Times article.
As a bonus for fans of Moore:
Check out this recent interview with The Big Issue in Scotland.
And feast your eyes on the wonderful and terrifying potrait of Moore by artist Frank Quitely (The Authority, We3, All Star Superman) below. Be sure to look deep into the beard!