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
    Sam, 18 Dec 2010 @ 2:49am

    Private individuals and not Govt may trip him

    The idea of Wikileaks is here to stay. And many will support anything that gives us a more open transparent Executive, Congress and military.

    What may trip up Assange is the fact that he has accessed personal information of private individuals who have nothing to do with Governments. This week, Gawker published an article on how a 19 year old girl alleged that Assange had somehow managed to get her phone number, car number and other details.

    Filmmaker Richard Lowenstein, director of award-winning music videos for the likes of INXS and U2 as well as the feature film Dogs in Space has written an article in Australia's largest newspaper that Assange had accessed intimate data of his personal life

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/portrait-of-the-hacker-as-a-paranoid-and-secretive-young-m an-20101211-18thz.html

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