The Air Gap
By Steve Waters.
"Hypothetical question: if you had free rein over classified networks for long periods of time, say 8-9 months, and you saw incredible things, awful things, things that belonged in the public domain, not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC, what would you do?" - Bradley Manning, from an unverified chat log with a hacker.
"Air gap" is the term for the separation between the civilian internet and the military and diplomatic computer network. In April 2010 this air gap was breached, leading to the biggest information leak in history.
One month later Bradley Manning, a soldier in the US Army, was arrested and accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks. He was taken to the military prison at Quantico, Virginia, held in solitary confinement for ten months and, his lawyers argue, subjected to cruel and unusual treatment. Manning was held for almost three years before his case came to trial and he subsequently received a 35 year prison sentence.
This factually-based drama combines dramatised accounts of Bradley Manning's experiences with imagined conversations and characters. It takes place in Quantico and the operating base near Baghdad where Manning was stationed leading up to his arrest. It's here he sees the war on terror documented in action reports and in video material, including the now infamous "collateral murder" video.
Since this drama was first broadcast Manning has announced an intended gender transition and change of name. She is now Chelsea Manning.
Sound and music by Alisdair McGregor and Howard Jacques.
Bradley Manning ..... Greg Wohead
Corporal ..... Michael Walters
Brig Guards ..... Corey Turner and Chris McKinney
Intelligence Operative ..... Serena Bobowski
Psychiatrist ..... Nancy Crane
Lawyer ..... Dominic Hawksley
Commanding Watch Officer ..... Nathan Osgood
Produced and directed by Boz Temple-Morris
A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4.
|Bradley Manning||Greg Wohead|
|Brig Guard||Corey Turner|
|Brig Guard||Chris McKinney|
|Intelligence Operative||Serena Bobowski|
|Commanding Watch Officer||Nathan Osgood|