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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 5:55am

    Re: Re: Wow I am really suprised that Techdirt didn't do a quick internet search:

    Also, somewhat related, I don't think the founding fathers had the Internet in mind when they wrote the constitution.

    communicates or corresponds with

    So any soldier with a blog or a Facebook page or any presence on the Internet is now (by Bigdogpete's logic) communicating with the enemy?

    Yes, I know the information that Manning released had the word SECRET stamped on it in big letters but so do a lot of 14 year old girls diaries and I doubt we consider those national secrets.

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