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Jul 31, 2013

Manning didn’t aid the enemy, but his country will lock him up for life

Former US military officer Bradley Manning has escaped prosecution for aiding the enemy. But the 19 charges that stuck will see the suspected WikiLeaks source locked away for decades.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Bradley Manning, the junior intelligence analyst who leaked nearly a million pages of documentation to WikiLeaks, has been found guilty of 19 of 21 charges made against him. Six of these charges were of espionage, which could have warranted the death penalty, had this not been excluded from consideration earlier.

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9 thoughts on “Manning didn’t aid the enemy, but his country will lock him up for life

  1. zut alors

    The verdict gives a new interpretation and twist to Superman’s motto ie: truth, justice and the American way.

  2. klewso

    Fancy, someone thinking about an open and transparent US of A?

  3. Damien McBain

    In the 80s we all thought the USSR and China were the bad guys with their ‘Big Brother’ approach to controlling the masses and the US the pinnacle of freedom and liberty. We could not have been more wrong about the US.

  4. Chris Williams

    The article expresses what all thinking people must feel at this time. A profound admixture of sadness for Manning, anger at his treatment and the injustice of his conviction, and deep admiration for his heroic example. We really are in an Orwellian nightmare when espionage no longer has to mean dealing with the enemy. Can we please now leave the US alliance ? I would like our country to have alliances with country’s committed to freedom and liberty.

  5. steve95775

    We need Government for a workable society. I believe in Democracy and people. Call me a Humanist if you will. The problems we see so clearly with the whole Manning saga is that venal, small minded people insinuate themselves into the process of Government and cause so much harm. There is truth and there is justice, unfortunately there are arsehats that won’t play fair. Manning pays a horrible price for doing the right thing.

  6. Joshua Hallwright

    Extending the article’s discussion of espionage and the need for surveillance, I find it is an interesting topic for a state to ponder – to surveille or not to surveille (to such a large extent). The traditional left would have it that it is an affront to liberty, privacy and more generally human rights. The traditional right is stuck between supporting any measure to uphold national security and arguing for small/little government involvement in soceity (and the economy). Somehow many western, liberal democratic states have managed to enact an illiberal, undemocratic system. How?

  7. klewso

    Government would work a lot better if it wasn’t for human nature.

  8. AR

    The limit on the NSA overreach was rejected by the repug controlled House, surprise-surprise.
    More worryingly is the inert reaction of the amerikan street – “he broke the Law!” seems to be common vox pop, apart from “..huhhh..?”.
    Edmund Burke’s axiom comes to mind but most people just shrug and try to find the cheapest petrol & booze.
    A whistleblower is everyone’s hero and nobody’s friend.

  9. The Old Bill

    A whistleblower is a Commie AR, not a hero. Therefore he must be jailed or killed, along with a guy called Charlie, who caused a lot of strife in a place called Nam.
    Oh and also a guy called Allan (Al) Quaeda, who pops up almost anywheres we liberate from Commies and Terrism.

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