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 @ 2:02am

    He's innocent until proven guilty. I don't know what Manning's motives were or if he realized what he was revealing or if he cared. I don't know and at this point, I don't think the US cares. That scares me.

    No one seems concerned about what was in those documents or asking about them. If anything, the pr and sound bites seem to serve as a distraction from anyone asking.

    This doesn't appear to be such a simple black and white, open and shut case like the headlines say. I think Manning was intended to be a tool to form more serious charges against WikiLeaks Assange - and so far has failed. There was no "conspiracy" between them.

    Why is it that privates are always left holding the bag when they are "just following orders"? I'm not saying that's what happened here, but I certainly think there should be questions asked.

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