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 @ 12:27pm

    Re:

    Ahh geez, another lackey.

    1) You don't hold people without trial, you hold them pending trial. The time of pending is determined by the system, not by the individual charged.
    2) Sort of a catch22 here. If someone is wanted or is a criminal in another country, and the US respects their extradition or rights in the case, what's the point? "probably" is right up there with "maybe" in the certainty scale.
    3) In war, some innocent people die. More so when the chickensh-t enemy hides amongst women and children, and uses them as human shields.
    4) unproven. Oh, the terrorists in Pakistan? You mean you support terrorists?
    5) It wasn't a lie, it was bad intelligence. Oh yeah, it was also a Republicant.

    If Mr Assange broke the law (and I am pretty sure he has in some way) he will get charged. Free speech does not excuse illegal means used to obtain source material.

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