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 @ 1:50am


    You can't say that hasn't happened. I was married to carrier military and when it came to light that they were sitting in the Indian Ocean facing guns the US gave to their enemies (Iran/Contra) there was almost mutiny. Bush Sr. had 6 more months left. Fortunatley Bush Sr had the good sense not to do issue anymore orders.

    Times have changed. I'd like to know why Manning is expected to live up to a higher standard than some of his superiors.

    I'm always going to side with transparecy. Democracy and the US will only become stronger for it (might sting a little) but we can't survive secrecy and shadow governments.

    I really think the question shouldn't be just about releasing documents but what those documents contained. The only part shielded was the US public. That's who they seem to be calling "the enemy" and I take offense to that.

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