In Geneva on the square in front of the UN office bronze figures of the three main detractors of the American special services Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley manning (before he had a sex change and turned into Chelsea manning). Three characters of the installation, which in recent years so much has been written in the press, stand on three chairs. Fourth bronze chair close to them, free.
According to Bluewin, this monument to the courage and freedom of speech will stand in front of the UN office for five days – until Friday.
“This is a monument to the courage of the three people who said no to the establishment of total surveillance and lie and chose to tell the truth,” said the author of the installation, weighing more than a ton, the Italian artist Davide Dormino.
According to the authors, anyone can, standing on the fourth chair, to Express solidarity with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is hiding from persecution in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, living in Russia Edward Snowden and convicted in the USA for 35 years in prison for passing classified documents to the website WikiLeaks, former army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning. It is noted that many tourists have their picture taken standing on a chair next to the protagonists of the installation.
The monument was exhibited in may in Berlin, in June he was transferred to Dresden. In late September, the installation will be delivered in Paris. The designers’m going to ask the Swiss authorities finally to “register” the monument in Geneva after he popularistic around the world.
We will remind, the Creator WikiLеаks Julian Assange for more than three years within the territory of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. In August 2012, the authorities of the Latin American country granted him asylum, which allowed the Aussie to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is suspected of crimes of a sexual nature. He rejects all the charges and calls them politically motivated.
Edward Snowden gave to the media documents about the programs of electronic surveillance by the NSA, and in June 2013 fled the U.S. to Hong Kong, from where he flew to Moscow to head from the Russian capital in Ecuador. However, in the end, the U.S. intelligence whistleblower remained in Russia after the U.S. government revoked his passport. The validity of the temporary shelter given by the authorities of the Russian Federation, expired on 1 August 2014, after which Snowden received a three-year residence permit in Russia.
Homeland Snowden is charged with unauthorized disclosure of classified information affecting national defense, and intentional transmission of data by U.S. intelligence to persons not entitled to receive such information. In addition, he or she is accused of theft from the U.S. government.
Bradley manning, who had the rank of private first class army, was arrested in may 2010 on an American military base in Kuwait. He admitted that he shared with WikiLeaks to publish more than 700 thousand classified documents. In August 2013 he was sentenced to 35 years in prison on charges of espionage and other crimes.
The WikiLeaks informant stated desire to be considered a woman shortly after was taken to jail. In April 2014, the court of Kansas has allowed Manning to take a woman’s name Chelsea Elizabeth. In February, the Pentagon has allowed Manning to undergo therapy to become a woman.