Bradley Manning Hit With New Charges; Could Face Death Penalty
from the going-a-bit-far? dept
Some of the charges seem like clear exaggerations. Government officials have already admitted that the State Department cable leaks have done little to actually damage US diplomatic relationships or put anyone in danger. Yet, the charges certainly suggest both things are true. There's a charge for "aiding the enemy," charges for "theft of public property," the inevitable (but highly questionable) "computer fraud" charges and (of course) Espionage Act charges. It'll take some time before the reasonings behind all of the charges are understood, but the point is pretty clear: the feds don't want any more whistleblowers, so they're throwing the book at Manning as a warning shot to anyone else who wants to expose government misdeeds.