by Mike Masnick
Thu, Feb 23rd 2012 3:50pm
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...
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Wikileaks Releases Transcript Of German Inquiry Into Growing NSA Spy Scandal
- Chris Dodd Implies US Gov't Should Go After Wikileaks For Publishing Leaked Sony Emails
- Four Years Is Long Enough: The DOJ Should End Its Grand Jury Investigation Into Wikileaks
- DOJ Is Still Investigating Wikileaks
- From Snowden To Manning... To Ben Franklin And Sam Adams? A History Of Leakers Of Secret Gov't Documents