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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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 23 Feb 2012 @ 11:04pm

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    They did mandatory military, and the rich bought their way out of service. Some of them got magically assigned to places with no danger at all if they did serve.

    Manning violated oaths and rules, the witch hunt running around beyond this however is insane. Congressmen screaming that these documents were going to lead to deaths, or hurt our "standing" in the world. Trying to pretend we are not what everyone else can see us as.

    Manning knew what he was undertaking, he will need to be punished. But the punishment should be correct and not the inflated screaming of burn the witch we have seen. He has been held in conditions that everyone else calls torture, but they have a piece of paper saying its fair.

    The other issue that no one wants to deal with, because our government has firmly placed its head in the sand and pretends we can't see the documents, is how they abuse secrets. The evil they do, while denying they did it. The sweetheart deals for corporations, covering up bad acts, trying to get DNA samples.

    There needs to be some secrets, but pretending a cable calling an ambassador an asshat is super secret really isn't aiding anyone.

    So yes, he deserves his fate - he does not deserve the extra "special" treatment hes been given to be the poster boy for don't dare speak out about the Government.

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