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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 23 Feb 2012 @ 10:12pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Spare me the Bradley Manning as hero crap.

    Then why not focus exclusively on the video? Did he bring this up through the chain of command and was rebuffed? I haven't hear a shred of evidence that he simply didn't download every document that he could lay his hands on labeled "Classified" or "Secret" and send them to Wikileaks. True whistleblowers are issue focused. He didn't have 150,000 different issues. He violated his oath, his duty and the law. Why do make excuses for him?

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