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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    pr, 23 Feb 2012 @ 5:38pm

    Spare me the Bradley Manning as hero crap.

    When you make an agreement, you stick to it. When you voluntarily sign up to get a security clearance, you agree not to reveal the information you received as a result of having that clearance. Not even if doing so would make you feel good.

    Bradley Manning took information that he agreed not to release, then released it. Simply to pump his own ego. He deserves to pay the price.

    The weeniest of wieners are the ones who engage in "civil disobedience" then claim that they shouldn't take the lumps for their acts.

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