Wednesday, July 31, 2013

US Shows No Mercy For Wikileaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning Convicted: US Shows No Mercy for Whistleblower -- Sebastian Fischer, Spiegel Online

A US military court acquitted Bradley Manning of the worst charge against him, but he isn't out of the forest yet.

Before reading out the verdict she held in her hands, Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, peered out at the court room once again, looking at the prosecutors, the defense and, of course, at Bradley Manning, the diminutive 25 year old who sat next to his brawny lawyer David Coombs. It would take a while, Lind said, as she prepared to read out the 22 charges. She then adjusted her glasses and commenced.

Things went faster than her warning, and after around five minutes, the military judge was done. Things began pretty well for WikiLeaks informant Manning, but by the end it was agonizingly painful.

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My Comment: There is an appeal process .... but when finished .... I expect Bradley Manning to serve twenty years. Is the punishment harsh .... definitely .... but the crime that he committed was also serious, and he did know that what he was doing would have these consequences.

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