Within two days of launching a fundraising campaign, supporters of Chelsea Manning reached their goal of $257,000 to pay the fines imposed on the courageous whistleblower by a US federal court for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury impaneled against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Manning was release from jail on Thursday, March 12 after a year of incarceration.

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Nearly 7,000 contributions of between $5 and $10,000 were made by donors to a campaign organized by Manning’s friend Kelly Wright on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. Concluding the campaign with $267,000 at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, Wright wrote, “WE MET OUR GOAL! Thanks everyone who donated and shared! Seriously we are so immensely grateful for the resounding support and solidarity.”

Wright immediately proceeded to organize a second GoFundMe campaign to raise $30,000 for Manning’s living expenses. As of this writing, the additional campaign had reached more than $39,000 from 998 contributors within 24 hours.

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It’s funny that nobody in the corporate media even mentioned it…maybe I missed it!