Anything to say: Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin

Green Party activists unveiled a statue at Alexanderplatz in central Berlin of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, considered heroes by many on the Left for leaking secret US intelligence and military documents. The statue, called "Anything to say," depicts the three standing on chairs with a forth empty chair and is scheduled to go on tour around the world.

A women delivers a speech as she stands on a chair of the public art project "Anything to Say?" at the Alexander Square in Berlin, Germany. AP

A women delivers a speech as she stands on a chair of the public art project "Anything to Say?" at the Alexander Square in Berlin, Germany. AP

The artist behind the bronze sculpture is Italian Davide Dormino. He explains that he wanted to “represent three contemporary heroes who have lost their freedom for the truth.” He adds that they act as a reminder of “how important it is to know the truth and have the courage to know the truth,” reports Euronews.

"Next to Snowden, Assange and Manning, who are all sculpted on chairs, there is a fourth one open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want," said Dormino in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning), who leaked US diplomatic cables in 2011, is serving a 35-year sentence in a military prison.

Julian Assange, who hosted Manning’s files on his Wikileaks website, is in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, leaving which might lead to his extradition by the US.

Edward Snowden, who revealed the intricacies and reach of NSA surveillance technologies, is at an undisclosed location in Russia for nearly two years now.

(with inputs from AP)


Updated Date: May 04, 2015 14:53 PM

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