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
    teka, 18 Dec 2010 @ 3:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Torture?

    thanks for the smug non-response, mein Freund.

    I am so glad that we have had a constructive discussion that fully explores the source of your superior nature. Truly you are cut from a fine cloth, cast from a mold of a different shape and more perfect then we mere mortals.

    Yes, that is indeed sarcasm. You are correct, it shows that i have a fairly low opinion of you.

    Lets try a more direct response.
    Are you so convinced that Mr. Manning's enforced living conditions are wonderful that you are willing to undergo the same treatment?

    After all, its not torture, right? so what is it? Why are governments around the world turning against prolonged enforced solitary restricted confinement?

    Ignoring the little details, like the way he was not a violent prisoner, or a suicide risk, or, heh, even found guilty of any particular crime, is this the way you want people to treat each other? to treat you?

    So, please, elaborate on those points that you claim i illustrated for the class. Lets have a nice, short explanation in your own words about how you are self-proclaimed torture expert who can diagnose everyone's gaping flaws.

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