Bradley Manning Guilty of Espionage

by lizard

I put “Bradley Manning” into the old search engine, and here are the first headlines:

Acquitted of aiding the enemy… (CBS)
Found not guilty of aiding the enemy… (Washington Post)
Acquitted of aiding the enemy, still may face long jail term… (Chicago Tribune)
Found not guilty of aiding the enemy… (CNN)

And then there’s the BBC: Guilty of espionage:

Pte Manning, 25, has been convicted of 20 charges in total, including theft and computer fraud.

He had admitted leaking the documents to anti-secrecy organisation Wikileaks but said he did so to spark a debate on US foreign policy.

The leak is considered the largest ever of secret US government files.

He faces a maximum sentence of up to 136 years. His sentencing hearing is set to begin on Wednesday.

Tomorrow Manning will learn whether his sentence will amount to being in prison for the rest of his life.

And James Clapper walks free after lying to Congress, a felony.

And Halliburton gets fined pocket change—$200,000—for destroying evidence related to the Gulf oil spill.

And JP Morgan will pay their penance for rigging energy markets.

Bradley Manning, guilty of espionage for disclosing war crimes.

Not Jane Harman, who actually tried to peddle her influence on behalf of two Israeli spies:

The California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to drop espionage charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.

In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.

Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung
up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”…

Bradley Manning sacrificed his freedom to push a conversation about America’s destructive role on the world stage into existence. At the very least, what we owe Manning, and all the other courageous whistle blowers, is to pay attention.

  1. lizard19

    and if you haven’t seen the collateral murder video, here it is (no one featured in the video faced any accountability for their actions)

  2. The Security State is no longer bound by the laws and Constitution of the U.S. I’m most curious about what happens when people finally accept the fact that Google, Facebook, ATT, Verizon, Apple, Yahoo et al. have been in bed with NSA all along. Or, is freedom unimportant to social-media-consumer-people.

  3. A commenter over at Naked Capitalism said that Manning was not a criminal but a witness to a crime. He reported it to the American people. So if the government is saying he aided the enemy, the enemy has to be us, the American citizenry.

  4. Turner

    I haven’t been paying close enough attention to the Manning affair, but I haven’t heard yet what actual damage his disclosures may have caused. Has anyone died as a result of these disclosures? Or has he merely embarrassed some very important people?

    • lizard19

      I didn’t realize, until listening to Democracy Now yesterday, that the sentencing process, in this type of proceeding, can include new information. there will apparently be witnesses discussing the lack of damage in addition to Manning’s motivation, two things that weren’t allowed in the actual trial.

    • JC

      Remember the main embarrassing disclosure? Manning released a video of U.S. Army Apache helicopters gunning down two Reuters reporters.

      So who’s the criminal here? The Army and it’s team of collateral murderers leaving swaths of innocent dead civilians in its wake? Or the private who thought the world needed to see what was being whitewashed, and disclosed the bloodlust of American “soldiers”, and then was tortured enhanced interrogated and placed in solitary for months about it?

  5. Turner

    I hope he’s sentenced to time served.

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