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), 25 Feb 2012 @ 2:42pm

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    Do you know what snipers do? They i.d. the enemy and kill them.

    Snipers are much closer to the enemy than that chopper was. Your comparison makes no sense. There was no apparent danger to the chopper considering the guys were up ~ a mile away from their devastation. Then when you have the Army come in and see what they killed, there was NOTHING justifying how they tried not to help the children that the chopper had taken out.

    What they said happened is that there were "nine insurgents" with different weapons. When you look at the edits, none had anything but the bags or small arms from earlier. Further, the Pentagon confiscated any video and blocked the video through a FOIA request. So that video that Wikileaks put out is the first that anyone actually saw of the incident in a grandiose scale. Still, that doesn't justify the Hellfire attack on the building. The army didn't clear the building and the Heli-crew seems to have merely wanted to kill people. I'd have put them up on war crimes. But it seems quite evident that the Pentagon is lightly punishing those that break these laws and heavily punishing whistleblowers (ie Manning).

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