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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    Jay (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 2:18pm

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    The deck is still heavily stacked against him. Admittedly, it was based on the pretrial and not the current hearings which I'll have to look up eventually.

    2) Yes, tortured. Having him barred from working out, forcing him to strip naked, keeping him in solitude for 23 hours a day on suicide watch despite NO reason for such behavior, causing him to lose sleep by using bright lights to force him to a confession of a link to Assange are forms of torture that don't pass the test of basic human dignity. No, he wasn't waterboarded, but there are other forms of torture that should have been checked out.

    3) Cache version.
    Then, after all of this, you can't admit that the damage was limited as the US has already stated.

    4) Yes, Ellsberg. The only other person who would know what it's like to leak documents of a classified nature and be prosecuted. So when he speaks about a similar issue and how it's important for others to be able to blow the whistle on bad behavior, I tend to err on the side of transparency.

    5) No, not lazy. I just haven't followed the Manning case with everything else going on.

    Nice to know you're still as disingenuous and condescending as ever.

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