Victory for Bradley Manning!
Bradley Manning survived his court martial without being convicted of the most serious charge, “aiding the enemy.”
The Army prosecutors went to great lengths to pin this bogus charge on Manning in a vindictive campaign to imprison him for life.
But the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, didn’t buy it. Because Manning didn’t aid the enemy. He simply was a whistleblower, releasing the information to WikiLeaks.
Manning’s defense attorney described Manning as “young, naive but good-intentioned,” and nothing credible came out at trial to indicate otherwise.
Remember, Manning leaked the Iraq video of a U.S. helicopter crew mowing down civilians in what he called a “seemingly delightful bloodlust.” The crew, he said, acted like “a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass.”
He said he wanted to “spark a debate” about U.S. policy. That is not the same as “aiding the enemy.”
Had the judge found Manning guilty of this charge it would have set a terrible precedent: Any whistleblower on military or foreign policy issues could face the treasonous charge.
The judge did convict Manning of espionage, theft, and computer fraud. His sentencing is set for tomorrow, and I hope the judge shows some mercy.
Something the Army and the Obama Administration are sorely lacking.
If you liked this story by Matthew Rothschild, the editor of The Progressive magazine, check out his story Zimmerman Verdict Reveals Racist System of Justice.
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