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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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 1:03am

    Re: He is certainly guilty of crimes

    "should not be acceptable, without regard to the content..."

    I'll have to take a look at Neuremberg again, but I don't think "following orders" was an acceptable excuse during war with the severity. I am specifically aware of a video.,_2007_Baghdad_airstrike

    If the US had responded to Reuters FOIA request, this incident probably would have been passed over. So the coverup is part of the crime. This was also at a time when other damning evidence was coming forward independent of Manning or WikiLeaks.

    Half of Mannings charges were dropped because he didn't collabrat with Assange which is what it's assumed the US was really aiming for. Manning is a scapegoat.

    I'm on the side Assange shouldnt be tried either - for what? The truth. It seems so.

    And all this because of phoney stories of WMD's.

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