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, 26 Feb 2012 @ 5:57pm

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    Actually here's link to a list of confirmed sniper kills from as far, to twice as far away as the copter (2 miles):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_recorded_sniper_kills

    Why would a soldier wait until he was in danger to engage the enemy? His job is not simply to play defense. You see bad guys, you kill them. Ever hear of an ambush? Classic military tactic. You don't yell "surprise" first, you simply lay down fire. Civilian fighters carrying small arms and rpg's, that's enough under the rules of engagement.

    Real war is not like a video game Jay. To paraphrase George Patton, a soldiers job is not to die for his country, but to assure the other motherfucker dies for his. Journalists have always embedded with armies or insurgent groups pursuing their story. And these aren't the first or last journalists to be killed in an ambush. Presumably they understood the risk. It's too bad, but like the saying goes- you can't get fucked unless you assume the position.

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