First Look Media, the news organization established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, announced Wednesday a matching fund campaign dedicated to the legal defense of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in August 2013 after leaking U.S. government documents to Wikileaks.
Through the initiative, First Look Media’s Press Freedom Litigation Fund will match $60,000 in donations to Manning’s legal defense. The money comes jointly from First Look Media, which will contribute $50,000, and one of its most prominent journalists, Glenn Greenwald, who is personally contributing $10,000.
In a post for The Intercept, Greenwald explained the origins of the campaign:
“Whatever else one thinks of Manning, she should not face limits in her ability to pursue her legal rights with full zeal, nor should her already difficult circumstances be exacerbated by worries over how to pay legal fees,” Greenwald wrote. Read more