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, 24 Feb 2012 @ 12:05am

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    >This country would be far better off if there was mandatory military service so everyone had a chance to put themselves at risk for the freedom and privilege they so take for granted.

    Coming from a country where military service is mandatory for a period of time, allow me to say that it's a horrible idea. Armies are great places to hide collusion because they get special classification treatment. People cut corners where they can, and things are done primarily to pad the accomplishments of higher-ups. Eyes are closed when it suits the wants of the higher-ups who can't be bothered to grapple with civilities or new technology, and insist that everything is the fault of the younger generation. Businesses are less willing to hire locals, because up to a certain age they can be recalled for mandatory service. Oh, and let's not forget individuals who have medical problems that are routinely ignored by the army, who insists that everyone is an undisciplined slacker, in spite of medical reports indicating otherwise. The army is like any other organisation, except that because of its classification treatment, it gets away with a lot more.

    Treating the army like some glorious herald and embodiment of truth and justice is naive, foolish, and rather telling that someone has never served in the military.

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