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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    The Infamous Joe (profile), 17 Dec 2010 @ 9:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: 'Torture' and the Never Known

    I'm not sure what your point is, my Cowardly friend. Are you suggesting that locking a man from Africa in a cell for 3 months straight will have different results than locking a man from America? The people in those "cushy, comfortable countries" have educated people who have studied the effects of isolation on *humans*. They call it torture.

    Be aware, I'm not saying that being in prison is torture-- I will grant you that prisons in the US are much better living conditions than many places in the world. Hell, here in Massachusetts we spent a good deal of money outfitting our prisons with flatscreen TVs. (For reasons I can't understand-- at the time *I* didn't own a flatscreen TV)

    I suspect the reason you do not feel it is torture is because you aren't capable of imagining constant isolation, which is much different that "a little 'me' time". Please read the Wikipedia article on Solitary Confinement, including the references to the studies at the bottom, and educate yourself.

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