"At his trial, Manning said he gave the material to the secrets-spilling
website WikiLeaks to expose the U.S. military's "bloodlust" and
generate debate over the wars and U.S. policy."Here's the
deal: There are no doubt many US Service Men and Women who are privy to
information that they find repulsive, wrong or 'embarrassing'.
However, in the interest of National Security, and to comply with their sworn
oaths, they do NOT leak the information. This is what distinguishes
the hundreds and thousands of patriotic soldiers from this self-serving,
immature, disturbed traitor. I hope he thinks about loyalty and honor while he
sits in his cell.
Manning committed Treason, providing aid and comfort to the enemy.This used to be, and still should be, a capital offense. If you disagree,
then make sure YOUR family members are the ones serving in our military to
defend us from foreign enemies.
He got off easy. He should have been sentenced to the whole possible 90 years,
and forced to serve every minute of it. At the very least he should be forced
to serve every second of the 35 years to which he was sentenced with no time off
for anything. In the 1960s my husband was a USAF security analyst
with a very high security clearance (which he unequivocally honored and
observed). I would guess that, more than just about everyone here, he knows and
understands what Manning's actions mean and the harm they could cause if
the information Manning divulged got in the hands of accomplished security
analysts. He thought Manning should have fried.Manning put a lot of
US service people in deadly peril. He should be me to pay the price.
Doug,your comment that his actions endangered no informants is
inconsistent with the story that said many informants had to be relocated to
other countries.BO and has actions remind me of the High Chancellor
in the movie V for Vendetta.
Manning's leaks have not been well reported. Because the majority of what
he leaked was raw reports of the aftermath of various military exercises, it
required a lot of work to read and analyze. Other than the easily
sensationalized Apache helicopter video, much of our media simply did not take
the time to look at, read, or consider the rest. There were chilling edicts by
the government, as well, warning many in the military or other government employ
that they would be summarily fired for looking at the leaks. Nevertheless, he
did succeed in getting out many facts about the lack of wise strategies overseas
that many of the needed debates did begin -- however quietly. Also he did, in
fact, inspire many others like Edward Snowden.Numerous US laws were
broken in the long incarceration and treatment of Manning simply on suspicion of
his alleged actions. Apparently there will be no accountability on the part of
our government for any of that. Numerous departments have testified that
Manning's careful leaks did not endanger any servicemen nor informants.
His intentions -- and even actions -- were good.Manning is textbook
material for a pardon. I pray a future President grants it