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 @ 1:16pm

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    1) This coming from the same guy that said SOPA was a slam dunk, I highly doubt you're an authority on military proceedings.

    I was wrong. And am man enough to admit when I am. You should try it some time, miss. And I am not an authority, that's why I spent 30 seconds on Google proving that you were talking out your ass.

    2) Right... Because having him tortured and having less human rights than Gitmo detainees is working so well for our (supposed) deomcratic principles in the US.

    Tortured??? Hahahaha. That's a laugh. He has the same rights as anyone under the UCMJ. It's different law than US Civil or Criminal law. Are you slow?

    3) No, Obama broke presidential protocols as a superior officer. And when the Pentagon states they want to indefinitely detain him, I find it highly doubtful that the trial will be fair. Jay no one, including his own lawyers disputes the allegations regarding the copying and distribution of classified documents. The sole focus is on the damage done and potential penalties. As far as what "the Pentagon" says: Citation needed, buildings don't speak.

    4) Glad we agree that he did higher documents and faced no jail time. So why Obama has to punish so many whistleblowers is beyond me when they were the ones that unlocked the Enron scandal or found other wrongdoings.

    I think Ellsberg was wrong. But you declare that EVEN Daniel Ellsberg thinks he won't get a fair trial like it was a Supreme Court justice who said it.

    5) I was talking about Lt Col Paul Almanza, who denied the request. He denied the pretrial request. Last I was looking up the case it was based on that information.

    OK, so we'll mark you as lazy and uninformed. Check. Almanza was the investigating officer, not a judge. He's a US Army officer and as near as I can determine does NOT work for the criminal section of DoJ as you (mis)stated.

    Way to double-down and prove you're an even bigger douchebag than we realized.

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