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Manning found not guilty of aiding the enemy
Posted - 7/30/2013 2:25:52 PM | show profile | flag this post
(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, 1:10 p.m. ET]
A military court has found Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, not guilty of aiding the enemy -- a charge that would have carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. He was found guilty of most of the remaining charges against him, with the judge accepting some of the guilty pleas he made previously to lesser charges.
Posted - 7/30/2013 4:06:56 PM | show profile | flag this post
I admit, i could never figure out
this kid, or the whole case. He was obviously extremely 'troubled' for years...yet the Army put him in a Classified Unit. He posted YouTube videos about his work, and still wasn't kicked out. He was "disillusioned by an American foreign policy bent on “killing and capturing people” when he released the documents, including battlefield reports and diplomatic cables, in 2010....but volunteered after Bush invaded Iraq...at what point does someone say WTF?
And the reaction today? "Supporters cheered, “Hip hip, hooray!” Coombs concluded: “This is a huge, huge victory.” He's facing 154 years in jail--all of his own making, and this is a victory??
Personally, IMO, I don't think he's a hero in any way shape or form. I think he's just as bad as Snowden or Robert Hanssen or the Walkers. But it's still a bizarre case.
Posted - 7/30/2013 6:45:18 PM | show profile | flag this post
i never thought the kid was bright enough to even think..
about what effect his actions might have..and I still don't..i think a lot of what he said after he was caught was fed to him by others..at worst, he's a dupe..
but he's a dupe that's going away a long, long time..
Posted - 7/30/2013 11:33:00 PM | show profile | flag this post
And the leftist apologists line up here
...to defend Manning to the death. You guys always do this. Every last time.
What? You're not defending him? Oh. Never mind.
(This is a pre-emptive post for right wingers who always post this kind of thing, contrary to what they actually SEE here. Just saving you folks the trouble, and the embarrassment of being wrong again)