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 @ 1:03pm

    Re: Re: Allways trying to justify crime..

    Gabriel, allow me to point out some idiocies in your post.

    "So because he is being held by authorities, he's 'obviously guilty'."

    And then you say:

    "did he agree to allow Assange to post the documents? Yeah, I'm pretty sure he did. In fact, I think he even admitted to that. "

    The problem lies in the fact that you don't think anyone is guilty of anything until they have had their trial. Some times a trial IS just a formality. Nobody is saying Manning didn't release the documents. He IS a criminal.

    The law says a lawyer cannot defend a person whom they believe to be guilty. Lawyers get around this by saying nobody is guilty until a jury says so. This isn't reality, just legal bullshit. Example, O.J. did kill his wife, EVERYBODY with a brain knows it. To say he is innocent according to the law is one thing, to say he isn't guilty of having done it is another. Manning may or may not be guilty of treason but he is a criminal. Let him rot, Americans already have lost too many of their real freedoms and liberties because of criminals.

    Board a plane, ridiculous, loss of liberty. Buy a gun, further ridiculousness because criminals use them.

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