The case of private Bradley Manning
August 22, 2013 Leave a comment
You’ve heard the news by now. Convicted US private, Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst, was sentenced to 35 years [less times served] in a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The sentencing of Manning started up the debate over whether he was a whistleblower or a traitor for dumping more than 700,000 classified military, diplomatic documents, and battlefield footage, to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. By volume alone, it was the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history, bigger even than the Pentagon Papers a generation ago.
Some think that President Obama should pardon Mannining or consider time served. Others doubt that it will ever happen. He did some unrepairable damage to the US and allies.
Unknown at this time if his actions actually cost the lives of any Americans working for the government [mabye secretly] abroad or from other countries.
When he joined the military, he took an oath to protect the US from others. By giving away this information, he [in a sense] left the US partially unprotected. By that alone, he is guilty and would serve time in a military prison.
Fine. He has a conscience, but most people do separate work from their personal feelings. Defence attourneys may not like a rapist or a child predator but they still defended them.
Manning said the motive was exposing the U.S. military’s “bloodlust” and generate debate over the wars and U.S. policy. But recently, Manning has added a new ploy. Part of his actions was because he always believe he was a man trapped in a woman’s body. He will probably ask to have hormone therapy once he enters prison. His lawyer said he will fight tooth and nail to see it happens.
He was found guilty last month of 20 crimes, including six violations of the Espionage Act, but was acquitted of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, which carried a potential sentence of life in prison without parole.
The Obama administration has charged seven people with leaking to the media; only three people were prosecuted under all previous presidents combined.
This could be a precursor to what Edward Snowden could be in for if he ever lands on US soil again.