Bradley Manning Formally Charged; Defers Plea

from the which-enemy? dept

This is no surprise, given the charges outlined earlier, but Bradley Manning was formally charged with 22 counts for allegedly leaking State Department cables and other documents to Wikileaks. While many expected him to enter a plea, instead he chose to defer the plea for the time being. Perhaps he's working on some sort of plea bargain. The key charge, of course, is "aiding the enemy" though I'm curious which "enemy" we're talking about and exactly what "aid" they got from this. To date, it seems like the leaks may have embarrassed the US, but it's not clear they did any more significant harm than that. If that's all it takes to "aid the enemy," then something's wrong with the system...

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 9:22am

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    No, I haven't served in the military. Not in the US and not in my native Sweden, or anywhere else.

    I didn't even know Sweden had an army until I looked it up. Then I learned they haven't fired a shot since the days of matchlock muskets.

    But, whaddayaknow, I've never gunned down civilians with large calibre machine gun fire or blown kids to shreds with hellfire missiles, either.

    Yes, that would entail you putting yourself at personal risk at the behest of your company

    I'm not saying Manning should not be punished at all, but he's been punished enough already. He doesn't deserve life in prison, not for what he's done.

    Maybe not life, but he has more coming.

    Now, the crew in that helicopter on the other hand.... As far as I know they have still not been punished for what should obviously be classed as a war crime.

    lets see... a dozen Iraqi males in a combat zone armed with at least one AK 47 and an RPG. Others carrying camera bags mistaken for weapons. And you're surprised they took fire? No shit you were never in the military. A better question is who were the guys with the weapons and why were the journalists reckless enough to be part of an armed group in broad daylight?

    Or how about the soldiers responsible for killing a whole family and covering it up by calling in an air strike on the house?

    Not familiar with, citation appreciated.

    I guess it's only a war crime if someone else is doing it. Same as it's only terrorism if the people doing it are brown.

    Tim McVeigh wasn't brown.

    Or how it's not torture if the President's advisor says it's not.

    I have to agree with you there.

    Kind of like "it's not gay if you don't swallow."

    I'll defer to your expertise

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