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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    Designerfx (profile), 17 Dec 2010 @ 8:03am

    Re: Re: Doesn't he have to be extradited first?

    this, however, would be a mock of the international system and would likely spark some enormous issues in the EU.

    namely, think of those this sounds:

    "sweden wanted to take him to sweden, but instead we took him to the US for US charges".

    People are not prisoners to be cavorted around from country to country as each seeks to press charges for the individual. That is why extradition, by definition, is something that basically should not exist. Otherwise it's entirely possible someone could spend their entire life being ferreted to different countries on different charges for something whether proven or not. It also makes it impossible to mount a legal defense in any of them.

    Really, one citizen is expected to be able to hire lawyers in every single country that he's charged? good luck with that.

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