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), 27 Feb 2012 @ 2:26pm

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    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.

    No, I never said he is to play defense. But there are certain areas that snipers get into that have much better advantages than satellites. I recall a number of missions where sniper teams are set up to go behind enemy lines (such as Kosovo) to paint targets to be destroyed or gain recon.

    Meanwhile, your post about "real war" ignores how the heli team blew up a building without clearing it of women and children, which is a war crime.

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