Army GI says he leaked secrets to WikiLeaks to expose US 'bloodlust' in 2 wars, spur debate

  • Article by: BEN NUCKOLS , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 1, 2013 - 3:44 AM
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tjg1Feb. 28, 1312:01 PM

What he did was Treason, and he should pay the maximum penalty… I served in the military and he is not a man and should not be treated like one…. Give him life behind bars…. please

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xjritterFeb. 28, 1312:29 PM

The above poster tjg1 claims to have be a military veteran, and is willing to act as judge and jury for Bradley Manning. If the above poster is an expert in military law, then I suppose he can reasonably judge whether Manning is actually guilty of treason. But let us not meekly give in to animalistic vengeance or blind love for government in the face of terrible atrocities Manning exposed. While there are certain things that need to be kept secret for reasons of security, Manning did not divulge that kind of information. Perhaps we should focus on the war crimes that he exposed, committed under the American flag, rather than going after a messenger like Manning. For example, he leaked a video showing American soldiers executing innocent journalists and civilians of Iraq from a helicopter. These soldiers acted as if they were playing a video game. The awful things he exposed that make you and me as Americans look really bad. I don't want my taxpayer dollars being spent supporting activities like this. Manning showed some practices we need to get fixed.

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knuthansenFeb. 28, 1312:29 PM

An American hero. Give him a ticker tape parade down Broadway

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kensahFeb. 28, 1312:45 PM

It is not a PFC's job to determine if "any of the information was harmful to the United States". Classified means classified and he should pay the consequences for leaking it.

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cordycepsFeb. 28, 1312:45 PM

It's sad that many of the sick and brutal war crimes of Vietnam are being played out by our current military. Just sickening. I support our troops BUT every veteran is NOT a hero. Some are murderers with a uniform. Period.

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augsburg54Feb. 28, 13 1:04 PM

The simple fact is that everything Private Manning has already plead guilty to is an act of treason. He acted as no differently than an enemy spy turning over the largest cache of sensitive American intelligence information in history to a third party. He ignored his military oath and chose to act as an agent for Wiki Leaks (who provided him with download software). For this his crime against the American people is equal to if not worse than those committed by the Rosenbergs who were executed in 1951, may he join their fate. God have mercy on his soul...proceed!

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xjritterFeb. 28, 13 1:21 PM

Yes Manning should be judged according to the law. As to whether what he did is worse than the Rosenburgs, that may be hyperbole. It is certain that the Rosenburgs were framed, and that they were served up to the American public hungry for some red meat because of anger at the Commies. Manning has pled guilty to certain of the charges. But the bigger issues he raised should not be ignored. Sometimes you have to go against the grain and speak truth to power, to help bring things out into the open.

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parksoy125Feb. 28, 13 3:14 PM

The invisible veil that has been programmed into Americans since their birth that the military is "always right" always is the best, always is a world beacon for everybody else to follow, every mission is a making the world a better place, do not question us is hard reverse to "most" people. Because "most" never choose to look into anything on their own. But when you do........you see thru the lies. And all it takes are repeated pics of soldiers carrying a child in foreign country from a burning house for instance and that will stick for their entire lives, the image that our military is ALWAWYS right. This case is perfect example, the focus is on treason while the killing of children, innnocents people goes right over their heads........."oh well that is the price of war" right? You only think that because it isn't happening here. Just imagine a country claiming to be the world peace keeper dropping bombs on you, no matter what they said their mission was, would you like the mission as you go to hundreds of funerals?

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tjg1Feb. 28, 13 4:23 PM

just want to let xjritter know... how can you say I judged him when he admitted it… and it does not matter what he gave up… he swore an oath to serve he country, and he didn’t… be betrayed his country and fellow serviceman putting them and everyone in danger…. You may want to ready what he gave up… maybe even you can learn!

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duckhook101Feb. 28, 13 4:45 PM

I thought traitors in the military received a blindfold, a last cigarette and a firing squad. My, how times have changed.

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