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 @ 5:27am

    Bradley’s gonna become a “spy” whose “espionage” consisted of making the activities of a democratic government visible to its voting population. This is a disgrace to the institution of government that this is happening. It's more shameful than what Bush did. We know more about the illegal activities of our own government than we ever have in the history of the world. Freedom of speech is always the issue. The government hates speech and this white house is absolutely no different.

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