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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
Companies: wikileaks


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  1. identicon
    Richard Kulawiec, 17 Dec 2010 @ 1:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Allways trying to justify crime..

    Someone plays a patriotism card (look at all the risk heís putting his fellow soldiers in!!! Yes, I know you didnít say that) and all of the sudden everyone's crying for blood. This man found things that showed his government was doing things that are illegal (or at least highly questionable) and made sure that they saw the light of day.

    4429 US military personnel have died in Iraq since March 2003.

    FOR A LIE

    Somewhere between 30,000 and 100,000 have been wounded, with the wide variation dependent on who's doing the counting and what methodology they're using.

    FOR A LIE

    Nobody has died or even been wounded over anything in the released cables. At least not yet.

    So why aren't the "patriots" here, who putatively have such concern for US lives put at risk that they're willing to see Manning summarily executed without benefit of due process, howling for the blood of George W. Bush and Colin Powell and anyone and everyone else who instantiated and propagated that lie?

    You can't call for one and not the other. Well, not honestly, at least.


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