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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    Just John (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 12:18am


    I served in the US army, and I support his actions. Because of my service, I got to experience some of the BS that our government pulls first hand.

    While yes, I believe since he did the crime he deserves some time, I also agree with others that he is being crucified for this beyond what he should be. The sad part is they fail to realize they are making him a martyr, and making the government look even worse.

    Lets face it, the government appears to have a policy of over-secrecy. You hide a document about a diplomat insulting another diplomat behind his back as a "confidential" issue?

    I am glad of what he did because it exposes the BS the government is pulling behind our very backs. While there may be some initial pain (We have all seen how embarrassing some of these are, and it has undoubtedly jaded others impressions of Americans), I think overall this may end up being something that helps us grow, because the government is being asked to answer for the stupidity of some of it's officials.

    I would love to see more Mannings. America was founded on the very principle of disobeying their governments rules (Or did you forget that we rebelled against England to get our US of A?). Let's hope the next leaked documents come from some of our biggest lobbiest companies (And their "bought officials), so we can see the BS that is occurring there.

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