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Bradley Manning gets what he wanted, kind of

Wednesday, 31 July, 2013

“I wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much,” wrote Private First Class Bradley Manning in an online chat with a confidante three years ago about leaking military secrets. He has been spared execution, but the prison part of his wish is going to come true.

Those who claim that Manning deserves some kind of “whistleblower” pardon or prize sound every bit as deluded as the perp himself. He was unaware of the nature of much of what he handed over to the alleged rapist Julian Assange, and when he did know, it was often personal information about troops on the ground. That the US military would entrust secrets to imbeciles like Manning is one of the most disturbing things about the entire case.

By the way, it is journalists and other civilians whose right to speech is protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, not soldiers. Bradley Manning stole 700,000 documents. He is no whistleblower.


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