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Wikileaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning Now Faces Court-Martial

There was a time when telling the truth about murder meant something...

Bradley Manning
Bradley Manning

(SALEM) - A US military tribunal has ruled that Army Intelligence analyst Private Bradley Manning, suspected of leaking classified information to Wikileaks, should face a court martial.

Laughably, I guess that's better than what some people might receive; as under the new U.S. National Defense Authorization Act, any American can be detained indefinitely without charges, the way Russia and East Germany used to do.

Manning leads the list of famous whistleblowers facing retaliation for speaking out. He is an American hero who still carries the values we are all raised with, his crime is having raised attention over illegal U.S. war crimes, all violations of international law.

In a Thursday statement, head of the tribunal Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza said that “reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged.”

Almanza recommended that “the charges be referred to a general court martial” on the accusations of leaking thousands of documents and “aiding the enemy.”

Aiding the enemy? I guess that depends on who the enemy is, because Manning's actions aided the American people, so that charge sounds a bit cannibalistic doesn't it?

Manning appeared for a pre-trial hearing in December, this was the event where prosecutors made their push for court martial, which they obviously won.

Manning, who is now 24, not that the photo above would indicate that... was arrested in May, 2010 in connection with the leak. It is clearly obvious that he is being abused while in custody, just like the inmates in Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, because that is what Americans do.

The early conditions of his confinement reportedly drew international concern. His lawyers said he was subjected to 24-hour surveillance and was forced to stand naked at roll call. How's that for an Abu Ghraib analogy? It makes my blood boil when considering that arrangement. The U.S. military is full of cruel pricks, it is no surprise.

A top US state department spokesman, PJ Crowley, resigned after saying the military's treatment of the Wikileaks suspect was “ridiculous and counterproductive.” Manning faces life in prison if he is convicted.

I think though, that this will have no impact at all on the next Bradley Manning, the man with the most ironic name in history. The political leaders of this country had some 'manning up' that they failed to do.


Tim King, summer 2008, covering the Iraq War

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Gary Scher January 14, 2012 4:55 pm (Pacific time)


Is that second photo (the right hand photo) of PFC Manning correct in the story? It doesn't look anything like him from photos of his Article 32 hearing in December at Fort Meade, MD.

Tim King: Gary, from everything I could conclude at the time of this article it is, however I agree that it is hard to believe, and I will review it and make sure that this is correct, thanks for the concern and the heads up.

Funny January 13, 2012 11:33 am (Pacific time)

Move along, Just another person tell everybody his side and what we all should feel and think

Editor: Suggesting?  You can feel good about indiscriminate war crimes any way you want to, we just want people to act better toward their fellow human beings.

Anonymous January 13, 2012 9:32 am (Pacific time)

The Army Times ran an article on Manning recently. After reading it, I am of the opinion that Manning's lawyer's are likely to use an insanity defense. Manning demonstrated profound instability several times during his career. He could not receive a more fair trial than through the UCMJ, as well as the people of America, in assuring justice is pursued in a proper and objective format. "Manning’s behavior grew more erratic, spc. says." "Army colleagues said Tuesday that Pfc. Bradley Manning’s behavior progressively worsened over the course of a year, but it wasn’t until he punched another soldier in the face that his security clearance suffered. Among the claims made during the fifth day of an Article 32 hearing here: Manning threw a screaming tantrum in front of his noncommissioned officer; flipped over a desk and attempted to grab a rifle; and dropped into the fetal position when reprimanded by his NCO."

  Editor: Uh huh, well even if that was written, remember that the Army Times is owned by the largest corporate newspaper group in the world, you know, the one percent?  They're called Gannet.Your little quote is sickening and completely off-base, as you are.

There are thousands of people who have been sentenced to life, and worse, who purposely leaked out less intelligence, regardless if it was for pay, or some other reason. They hit him on a UCMJ Article 104 charge (Aiding the enemy), which carries the punishment of " ... death or such other punishment as a court-martial or military commission may direct."

 Editor: That's not what was released in this latest, he is looking at life. not death, try reading the article next time.

I wish they had also charged him under Article 106 (Spies), which only carries the death penalty. His case is almost textbook Article 106. Those who understand the counter-intelligence of our enemies realize that Manning got a lot of people killed. I would volunteer to personally execute him if he is found guilty. http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/12/army-bradley- manning-wikileaks-behavior-grew-more-erratic-specialist-says-122011w/

Editor: Your link is dead, next time you want to add a comment use your name or I will flush it.

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