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 @ 5:07pm

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    I'm not certain what you're trying to insinuate by the above. If military service is mandatory you have to serve, so there's no effective difference between the two - unless you'd like to believe that somehow, having it mandatory makes the service different. I've been inside the army and I've personally witnessed the political games the superiors were willing to play just to pad their own achievements to impress their own superiors at the expense of other departments, as well as safety and security regulations. The only method of recourse is up the chain of command, for which you get the standard response: "That's how things work around here, suck it up."

    I don't know how you had it over there, but I'll say it again: thinking of the army as a bastion of truth, justice - and fairness and honesty, while we're at it - is being idealistically foolish and naive.

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