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So After Torturing Bradley Manning For Months, US Officials Offer Him A Deal If He Says Assange 'Conspired' With Him

from the dirty-tricks dept

This is hardly a surprise, but after locking up Bradley Manning in solitary confinement for seven months -- a condition that much of the world has deemed to be torture -- and looking for ways to use a computer hacking law to charge Julian Assange, rumors are that officials have offered Bradley Manning a plea deal, in which he would claim that Assange "conspired" with him to get and leak the documents. From all the info that's come out already, there's been little to suggest that there was any actual conspiring, but it appears that our Justice Department has decided (incorrectly) that Julian Assange is the more important target than Bradley Manning, and so it wants to bring Assange down.

Of course, as many have been saying all along, bringing charges against Assange, even with Manning accepting a plea bargain, will do serious harm to the US. It will highlight how the Justice Department twists laws in an attempt to harm the publisher of information, very much against the basic principles of the First Amendment. If this does come to pass, it will represent a massive chilling of free speech rights, from an administration that has put itself forth as a champion of such free speech rights around the globe. However, the one thing it won't do is actually chill such leaks from happening. As more and more competitors to Wikileaks pop up, you can bet that a legal attack on Assange will only increase the resolve of some of the folks behind those other offerings.

Filed Under: bradley manning, conspiracy, julian assange, plea bargain, wikileaks
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2010 @ 10:45am

    A new peer-reviewed study calls into question the so-called ‘consensus’ on the causes of global warming by saying that “Nature, not man, responsible for recent global warming.” The new study authored by three Australian scientists and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research says that the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) accounts for the vast majority of temperature variability.

    So here is a study that says global warming isn't manmade. There are studies that says man is causing global warming.

    What does that have to do with Manning? You can find any number of doctors and scientists that would say solitary is torture and as many that would say it isn't.

    Personally, I don't think it is torture. Quite a few things that you go through in boot camp would also be considered torture, maybe we should just ban the military.

    In my view, quite a few people are quite frankly, pussies. We keep pushing more and more "rights" in terms of society yet it seems society keeps getting worse. Think maybe all these "rights" are what is making things worse? We make learning "fun" and "exciting" so junior says involved but our education keeps getting worse. Maybe what someone needs is to actually be held responsible for their actions.

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