Manning Verdict

The story is still breaking, but it looks like Bradley Manning was just convicted of espionage but not convicted of aiding the enemy.

I know it won’t make me popular with fellow libertarians, but I think the verdict is reasonable and it’s easy to see why when you contrast his behavior against Edward Snowden. Snowden blew the whistle on very specific programs he believed were violating the Constitutional rights of Americans. Manning dumped a whole bunch of documents. Some of these contained embarrassing information or showed lousy behavior; most of it he clearly had not even reviewed. It’s one thing to break secrecy when you think our citizens’s lives are being violated; it’s another to break it just for the sake of breaking it. (You can see my take on some of the more explosive Manning allegations here).

Snowden has been careful about releasing information with compromising national security (so far). Reports that he has turned over classified info to the Chinese and Russians are unverified at this point but would obviously change the equation. But Manning dumped everything to Wikileaks and there is evidence that insufficient vetting has cost the US dearly and cost some our allies their lives.

Whatever evils you may attribute to our government, they do not make Manning’s indiscriminate leaking of classified and secret information justifiable.

However, it does not appear that he was deliberately aiding Al-Qaeda or any of our enemies. So not convicting him of the more serious charge (which would have been the Civil War) seems reasonable.

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  1. HARLEY

    While i find it amusing that our government has to explain and be embarrassed by the back channel documents in which US Gov officials were badmouthing of shit talking Foreign governments.
    The real crux of the matter is Mannings indiscriminate release of this info knowing full well that lives could be put at jeopardy, and most certainly was. Some claims have been made that operatives and allies in AFG and Iraq were either killed or , went missing some time after these documents were posted on Wikileaks…
    Now his interrogation and detention was way beyond the pale. WTF. someone wanted to make a example of him, or simply be a massive ass.

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  2. Mississippi Yankee

    My personal thought is that we should take him out back for a quick lynching at this time….

    If you can see your way clear to making that a public lynching I’m with you 100%. His actions were deliberate. He threw as much shite against the wall just to see how much of it would stick.

    But as HARLEY eluded to it never should have taken 3+ years to get a conviction. Too many people, including the Dept. of Defense, waited way too long to see which direction the wind was blowing.

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  3. InsipiD

    To me, the big difference between Manning and Snowden is what they did with the knowledge. Manning handed a huge sack of it to the nearest scumbag to broadcast to the world. Snowden blew the whistle…but did keep apparently 4 laptops of info. If the Russians get access to those, then he’s just as bad.

    Guys, you can blow a whistle without giving out the secret that you wish wasn’t being collected.

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    I think you mean alluded – although on the other hand…

    You’re quite the fart smeller… I mean smart feller

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  5. AlexInCT

    I am with Insipid on this topic: to me it is obvious that Manley’s motives were driven by the usual leftist bullshit “I hate America and want to fuck it over” pap. He threw shit up on the wall, and hoped it would hurt the US in general. Snowden on the other hand, as far as I can see right now, and despite the propaganda from this government and their agents in the LSM, was to show government abuse of our constitution and our rights on a frightening scale. Big distinction. Of course, the Obama admin chose to treat both like enemies of the state.

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