Lawyer: Manning wanted to enlighten US about war

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 5, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    When this PFC went wholesale sending of all the e-mails he did, he didn't read them to decipher what was really secret or not. He violated the security rules of his country and pay the consequences. He was a real "low level" worker in the DoD, Army and Federal Government. He probably will be promoted to the IRS to work for them to get e-mail traffic from all the citizens who will have their medical and insurance information for the right government agency and enforcement officers.

    He is such a kind and brave soul to do all of this without going to his higher ups in the chain-of-command to let them know about his dying urge to protect our country.

    These guys will do anything behind bars to justify what they do, did, or will do to get out of the trouble they got into while violating cybersecurity rules. He was so smart and educated he knew who to send the thousands of e-mails to.

    However, we can't get any message traffic on Benghazi within the government itself. Nor about the IRS and first amendment protections of the press.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2013 1:31 a.m.


    Oil was one of the reasons, the US went into Iraq. Another reason was that Saddam was attempting to trade for oil in currency other than the US dollar. The US needs the petro-dollar to maintain status as the world reserve currency. When Iraqi people were looting all the buildings, the Ministry of oil building was the only one protected by US troops. In Afghanistan US troops protected the poppy fields.

    The US botched things and China has moved in. Same as in Afghanistan, as the US focuses on war, china is in Afghanistan grabbing up its resources. Sometimes I wonder if we're not doing this stuff intentionally to aid China.

    The cash for clunkers program, all those trade-ins went to china, The day after 9/11 all the steel from the WTC buildings started being shipped to China. I suspect maybe they're trying to keep China happy since we are in so much debt to them.

    Gas is so expensive because Bernanke is devaluing the dollar with constant money printing. And gas is sold on world market. All the drilling in the US is not going to lower the cost.

    Why did we go to war?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2013 4:05 p.m.


    Why is barack failing so terribly to deliver oil at a good price to all of us Americans as a result of our oil driven wars.

    Well barack?

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    I think that Bradley Manning did the right thing in exposing war crimes perpetrated by the US military.

    I am proud of my country and grateful for those that serve in the military. But events since 9/11 make me sick of those that have been elected to govern. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were for oil and other corporate interests. The US has become a major exporter of weapons and mercenaries (contractors). Cheney has made millions from it.

    Manning had no intention of profiting monetarily, he tried to give the information to the press (NY Times) and they did not want it. But after it was leaked, then they printed it.

    Manning has been locked up for over 3 years and his case is just now coming to trial. We need more people like Pvt. Manning, people with the courage to do what is right regardless of the risk to themselves.

    These wars have killed tens of thousands of innocent people, many of them children. Under the guise of a war on terror, the govt has slowly taken away the rights of the American people. Unfortunately, the people are too busy watching reality TV to notice.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 4, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    This guy must be smoking something else besides a cigarette for anyone to believe this. He had devised a way to get around the system to do this and spent hours, days and weeks planning his process even with a less than perfect classified (Top Secret, Secret, and Confidential) system for message traffic. It is hard to believe that a supervisor at various levels would not have picked up on this doing the planning and even execution phase.

    If he could do it, the Chinese, Russians and others that pay the right amount can have access to anything. Oh, that is right, last week the Chinese hackers got highly classified documents about our military's weapons systems. The DoD say they weren't important trying to downplay the importance. With that kind of decision making at the Pentagon makes you wonder how this guy is going to get penalized.

    Trust? Integrity? Honesty? I guess it depends on who is in charge of what. Leaks happen at the Executive levels to make a point for votes and political gain.

    Twisted minds? Or, are they just doing what they saw their boss doing?