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...

Filed Under: bradley manning
Companies: wikileaks


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    Rikuo (profile), 23 Feb 2012 @ 11:12pm

    Re: Wow I am really suprised that Techdirt didn't do a quick internet search:

    And that very same Constitution also contains the Sixth Amendment, which says he has the right to a speedy trial. Not to be locked up for 21 months before being so much as formally charged.

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