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, 23 Feb 2012 @ 8:12pm

    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.

    This is not the "key charge" as you state. This is the charge that carries the most serious penalty- life in prison (since the death penalty was taken off the table).

    The key charge(s) are the unauthorized release of 150,000 classified documents. Whether those caused any damage is entirely speculative outside of the actual intelligence community. But it matters little if it is proven that the documents were classified and he did release them. Clearly Manning had no idea by looking at them (doubtful he did at all) whether the information contained therein was harmful to national security or not. All he knew is that they were classified- presumably for security reasons. Why people leap to defend his actions simply escapes me. He had no idea what he was releasing- only that it was classified information of the United States that would be published globally. That's totally reckless for anyone- much less someone serving in an intelligence unit of the US Army; to do something like this.

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