Bradley Manning, despite whatever else might be true, isn’t a voice for freedom and justice. We may never know why he did what he did, but what he did do was illegally copy hundreds of thousands of documents and then released them to Wikileaks. I can tell you for a certainty that Manning had not read those documents because it isn’t humanly possible. I haven’t read them. No one person out there can say what was released because there was so damn much if it a lot of it shouldn’t have been classified.
What I do know to be true that the operational information released should be enough to have Bradley Manning put away for the rest of his life if not longer. I am not opposed to a firing squad. Before anyone knee jerks to any of this, let’s get a few things straight right now:
1. Despite his claims to the contrary, Manning didn’t know what he had given away to a large extent. Therefore, any intention he gives for releasing the information is pretty much an excuse not a reason.
2. If there were, and are, events or actions taking place in Afghanistan that Manning found questionable he could have very easily found very specific information about these events and then leaked them and nothing else.
3. Manning never once released any information to anyone inside the military that backs up his claim that he was trying to expose what he felt was wrong. He went rogue and he went rogue hard, fast, and blindly.
I don’t like the war in Afghanistan. I opposed the war publicly and often since it began. But to be a soldier and release documents that uncover the day to day operational information of units that are in combat is treason.
I don’t give a damn about his politics. This isn’t about freedom of information on the Internet. This is about the lives of American soldiers, Marines and airmen. This could hurt the men and women on the ground and make things worse for friendlies who might be exposed by the flood of information. The word I used was “treason”. I meant to use that word.
I do not give a damn if he calls himself Betty and wearing panties to bed. If he wants to lay claim to being a woman I sure as hell can make a case for him not being a man. But I think mostly he wants to find some way out of being locked up in Leavenworth with a few thousand men who just might like the idea of Bradley Manning being a bitch.
This isn’t a freedom issue. This isn’t a transgender issue. This is a cut and dried case of someone in uniform exposing the lives of his fellow service members to harm from the enemy.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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