By Staff

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe has released a video in support of incarcerated solider Chelsea Manning.

Manning came out as a transgendered woman after being sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Related: Michael Stipe Pens Op-Ed Against Guns on Campus

“I support human rights for all people,” said the singer. “As an American patriot, it is my duty to stand with Chelsea Manning. After years of mistreatment in prison she tragically attempted to take her own life. Instead of giving her the treatment that she needs, the government is now threatening her with indefinite solitary confinement,” he continued. “This is unjustifiable, it is unfair, and it needs to be stopped.”

Stipe urges viewers to sign a petition in support of Manning.


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