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 @ 7:15pm

    Solitary confinement = Torture

    All of you that are denying that solitary confinement is not torture are highly unintelligent and horrible researchers. I pulled up several scholarly articles within 3 seconds on Google and every single one of them highlight that solitary confinement causes severe psychological as well as physical brain damage.

    http://www.law.wustl.edu/Journal/22/p325Grassian.pdf

    http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/bits tream/handle/10539/8104/HWS-419.pdf?sequence=1

    http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2010/04/13_gawande .html

    The only scholarly study I even found that seemed to put doubt in the notion used self reporting. It was important to note that one of these prisoners who said he was "ok" had a gaping wound were he was trying to dig out the FBI chip that was implanted on him.

    There are many more scholarly articles about this but most are behind paywalls. There is no excuse for a stance that is based upon opinion when medical doctors, psychologists, and researchers are all clearly equating solitary confinement to torture and long term brain damage.


    So what's the story, are you idiots or just ignorant asses?

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