PFC Bradley Manning's Charge Sheet


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+2 # Diggs 2010-12-02 02:53
Four year enlistment + stupid = a life sentence at Leavenworth (I hope). He's made Julian Assange and Wikileaks a worldwide household name. Sure hope he enjoys that while he spends the rest of his long life in that stone prison on the cold Kansas plain.
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+1 # rastajenk 2010-12-02 03:12
I got a feeling he'll kinda like it there.
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+2 # Leonard 2010-12-02 03:29
Can these charges lead to execution? I certainly hope so. This guy nad Assange need to face a firing squad.
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+1 # Don Eskridge 2010-12-02 03:30
The penalty for treason / spying is / should be execution after a court martial. I see no reason why this should not apply in PFC Manning's case.
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# snow man 2010-12-02 03:31
he'll go down in history as a political prometheus, even if the cables aren't the pentagon papers.
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+1 # Former JAG 2010-12-02 03:47
Its been a long time since I signed a charge sheet, but, unless I misread this, it looks like Manning is significantly 'undercharged' - Article 92 and 134 (the general article), and not Articles 104 and 106a, which carry the death penalty? I haven't seen the details (and we probably never will), but this doesn't look like a charge sheet prepared with the goal of deterring similar misconduct ....
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# Former JAG 2010-12-02 03:54
Its been many years since I signed a charge sheet, but this looks like Manning was 'undercharged' - Article 92 and the 'general article,' and not Articles 104 and 106a, which carry the death penalty? So, if convicted, he gets a Dishonorable Discharge and few years in Leavenworth? Not a charge sheet calculated to deter similar misconduct .....
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-1 # Marty 2010-12-02 03:59
we need more men in the military willing to expose the travesty of what's happening in these wars. no 'state secrets' were revealed to the enemy...

the traitors are the politicians and leaders who lie to the soldiers and public about why we're fighting. Smedley Butler nailed it- War is a Racket.
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# MT Lassen 2010-12-02 04:00
>hell go down in history as a political prometheus

In 5 years, nobody will remember his name. He is destined to be an obscure footnote to a minor incident that is certain to be forgotten in history, and deserves to rot in the stockade for his betrayal of his sworn oath.
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# Rich Vail 2010-12-02 04:00
Manning either committed treason, or espianage (spelling?) in a war zone. Both are punishable by death...

That being said, Wikileaks has engaged in warfare against the United States. We as a nation should return the favor and 1) destroy Wikileaks and 2) kill everyone connected with it. This follows the policy of Theodore Roosevelt (the good Roo) and "Speak softly and carry a big stick." By compromising our security, it's time for the big stick approach against Wikilieaks.

Rich Vail
Pikeville, MD
The Vail Spot @ blogspot.com
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# Assistant Village Idiot 2010-12-02 04:05
I'm curious. "too often..." I can't see a reason why this would be heroic unless compromising the American military for the sake of naive One-World theorizing is your goal. Is there something other than that which you find heroic?
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+1 # Lifeofthemind 2010-12-02 04:15
His brain should be vacuumed. He should be sentenced to death but not simply executed. This does not mean torture, although I am indifferent to any suffering he experiences. To me he should simply by pronounced legally dead and then every technical means available should be used to extract every scrap of information he possesses.
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+1 # jim delaney 2010-12-02 04:30
While leaks are inevitable, they should always be severely punished. No one and no entity should escape indictment and punishment. It is incredible to me that Manning, a lowly PFC, could have pulled this off without inside help. His treason is symptomatic of a more serious problem within our government. Yes, Manning should be drawn and quartered, but every effort should be expended by the administration to find out who those treasonous insiders are and to both expose them and severely punish them. But, I'm not counting on this gang to handle this crisis appropriately. They could be doing much more to shut down Wikileaks and exposing the scum who supplied or who otherwise allowed Manning to gain access to this material. Our credibility in the world is in the toilet, and it makes me sick to my stomach.
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+1 # snow man 2010-12-02 04:34
Vail and Life: Your attitudes are repellent.

AVI: I'm with Marty.

MT Lassen: That he might end up rotting in a stockade, there's no doubt. That he'll be a footnote, I agree, but an important one. Wikileaks is shining a light on the ugliness of our "kill 'em all" foreign policy. Manning helped put them on the map.

I look forward to Wikileaks of BoA release, if that's the bank in question. Next up, I hope they can get something on the TSA showing how male agents are targeting teen girls and young women without male companions for fondling. This is a pipe dream, though, seeing as the TSA keeps no records of what it does, intelligence having no role in their job.
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+1 # Scott Rainey 2010-12-02 04:39
I'm shocked and angry right now, so my desire to see this little shit face a firing squad may not last through trial and appeal.

That said, I absolutely want to see his ass sitting under that sword, and right now. He deserves nothing less, and the message needs be sent.
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# Claire 2010-12-02 04:48
I'm all for knowing our policies in war, etc. but there's no justification for leaking classified information. I think we can infer we have a "kill them all" policy when we kill at something like 10,000:1 ratio. Duh! (Which I don't have a problem with, BTW.)

Snow Man, if the TSA had such information, I seriously doubt it would qualify as "classified" and so should be accessible under FOI. Not all information is the same. Why doesn't Assange shine a light on Russia or China's policies? He'll be killed, that's why.
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# ArmyMom 2010-12-02 05:03
Its sad all the way around but you all sound like a Lynch mob and that is also sad. Hope non of your son's or daughters ever do ANYTHING (wrong) like this, wonder how you would feel then.
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+1 # nono524 2010-12-02 05:13
He dishonored his country and himself. His life is over. I feel for his family.
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# Joe Blow 2010-12-02 05:13
Smedley Butler was a whack job, one of the troofers of his day. Yeah, war is a racket sometimes. So is the anti-war non-profit mill. Each war has to be judged on its merits and by its ultimate effect, a judgment that only history can render, if it can be rendered at all. I do agree that the U.S. leadership has let us down and has let our troops down quite often in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the idea that there's no threat out there, while no doubt comforting, is about as real as the belief in Santa Claus - a comforting, nice belief, but one that ultimately isn't true and which is counterproducti ve if you try to apply it to enough real-life situations. Santa isn't going to pay your taxes, fix your transmission, or put food on your table. The threats posed by AQ and its allies, and the presciently termed Axis of Evil, are real and if not addressed now, will rise to the level of existential threats within a few years. It's not for nothing that the middle east nations are privately begging the U.S. to do something about Iran, and AQ, and that China wants to play ball on North Korea. Yeah, I think Wikileaks is a bad thing, but it is gratifying to know that despite the public rhetoric, many, many nations agree with the U.S. taking it to AQ. I just wish these other nations weren't such ingrates.
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# motionview 2010-12-02 05:25
He's charged with violating regulations and violating article 134 of the UCMJ. No execution, no life sentence.
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+1 # Clinger 2010-12-02 05:32
Its been a long time since I signed a charge sheet, but, unless I misread this, it looks like Manning is significantly 'undercharged'

Former JAG

Could it be that during your tenure the proclivities to administer punishment was not so heavily influenced by some biased PC requirement. And thus as the new intended NADT is initiated Bradley may subsequently serve only a short sentence and be permitted to remain in the military.
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# FormerJarHead 2010-12-02 05:40
I agree with Veteran... He betrayed his country and his brothers-in-arm s. He only hurt the people around him. I have no respect for cowards.
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+1 # Clinger 2010-12-02 05:41
ArmyMom
An old WW II slogan was "loose lips sink ships." Would you want your son on the ship whose secrets Bradley exposed? Ask the families of the Cole what they think of the dudes who Bradley and his ilk have enabled. Those dudes enabled would be the Al-Qaeda despots.
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# Alex 2010-12-02 05:42
America should take better care of its secrets. If a private that's been in the military 4 years can get access to this kind of information, in this volume, whether he's a traitor or not is besides the point: it is almost certain that foreign governments could have already accessed this and similar data, having funding, motivation and man power far in excess of Manning alone. This is a clear case of lax data security and the state department has no one but themselves to blame, and this apparent sloppiness is especially surprising coming from an organisation that helped pioneer both the protection and interception of such messages.
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# Rico 2010-12-02 06:01
Those looking for the 'why's' for this behavior neglect the effect Mannings act has on the efforts and lives of all those serving this country. Sorry, Army Mom, he is a traitor. He violated his oath to serve and defend this country. Those who have served in the military, particularly those who have engaged in combat, know the meaning of trust. He cannot be trusted and should suffer the consequences. There should be a swift military courts marshal and, if found guilty, should be executed by firing squad. Sound tough? It is a logical consequence of betrayal to ones country, countrymen and fellow men at arms.
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# smoke ranch 2010-12-02 06:05
This piece of work should be the poster boy for why gays should not serve openly in the military. Vocal gays have their own agenda and defending the country is not one of them. Promoting a perverse unnatural lifestyle is.
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+1 # Sardondi 2010-12-02 06:05
Hmmm. I didn't notice a charge of violation of Title 18, Unites States Code, Section 2381:

"Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them OR ADHERES TO THEIR ENEMIES, GIVING THEM AID AND COMFORT within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason AND SHALL SUFFER DEATH, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years..."
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# Dan 2010-12-02 06:09
Nothing but gossip here, move along. But Julian has insured that obama is a one termer, and that Hillary is toast. 2012 was so close wasn't it Hillary? Hillary is one pissed off bitch now, and I wonder whom she is going to eviscerate as payback. She'll start with the messiah.
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# 101scout 2010-12-02 06:20
if his leaks endangered the lives of americans or our assets (like the bush/cheney/rov e/libby leak of valerie plame, CIA agent did), then i'd be fine with charges of treason and have him rot or shot--still think rove (if not bush/cheney) should be in prison for that. if his leaks were just 99% low level boring after action reports AND 1% embarrassing reports that don't endanger anyone, i'd be fine if he serves a shorter term. the apache video caused a stir among the more anti-war folks, but the more sensible liberals and others clearly saw (or read about the fact) that there were armed men with those reporters--one or two of whom was carrying RPGs!! i think people want to make him more of a scapegoat for all the shittiness and wasted money and lost lives, but he was just a kid who thought things were messed up and decided to try to get his message out; he broke the law, and should pay accordingly (no more, no less). dumb kid. people who get paid $1800/month (was that before taxes?!?) don't have any business working on secure lines anyway, do they? (not to blame the victim--army--h ere)
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# PTL 2010-12-02 07:33
Would be interesting to see the charges of child molestation against Assange in Sweden. Just setting out a challenge to the Swedes.
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+1 # DCrum35 2010-12-02 07:47
He leaked classified information. IT does not matter what was in it as some of you suggest. It is treasonous. He should be put away for life.
If his leaks do in fact lead to the death of soldiers or allies: death penalty.
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+1 # Colagirl 2010-12-02 08:15
Army mom: Yes, I also hope that no son or daughter of mine ever betrays their country by deliberately leaking classified information in time of war.
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# Brian 2010-12-02 08:31
First Pfc Bradley needs to spend a lot of time in Ft. Leavenworth (I think 20 years is a good number) He violated his oath to the US Constitution and to the military. 2nd, none of this has anything to do with his being gay. 3rd. Assange is an asshole. 4th. Nothing in this latest group of message from Wikileaks in my humble opinion compromises America. In fact, just quite the opposite. I am really impressed with the folks who work in the State Department who do a great job both under the Bush and Obama Administration. If anything these leaks really put America in a good light and that years down the road this event will be nothing more then a footnote. Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. 5th. If this had happen with a Republican President none of the anti-Obama people would say anything. If anything this happened because of reccomendations under the 9/11 Commission on sharing intelligence info amongst the various govt. agencies which was under the Bush Administration.

To sum it up. Everything in the Wikileaks was stuff a lot of us already kind of knew.
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# JoeBeach 2010-12-02 08:34
"lots to consider"...... Since she was not a covert agent as defined by Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, then no assets were endangered. She was just a CIA employee no matter what that laughable, whacko movie that is coming out soon says. Manning knowingly tried to damage the U.S. and must have known that his criminal acts would endanger the lives of others. Hang him.
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# Jack E. Hammond 2010-12-02 08:43
Dear Members,

I doubt it. Treason is extremely hard to prove, due to the framers of the US Constitution making sure that charge was not abused as it was in the UK. Two people have to witness the act and/or and open confession in court.

On spying, the only grounds for execution in the US is revealing nuclear secrets. There was one item added after and FBI agent revealed secrets that result in a number of Russians working for the CIA being exposed and executed. Whether that law applies to Manning, is unknown. And they would have to prove that an Afghan (the ones the US military is very concerned about in the leaks) was killed as a direct result of Manning's actions.

Jack E. Hammond

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+1 # Diggs 2010-12-02 08:51
You can tell which comments are written by people who have never served, and don't honor those who do.
They are also Obama supporters. They are also the very same people who stood an cheered when John "I served in Viet Nam for four months" Kerry stood before the DNC convention and said he was "reporting for duty". For them, duty and honor and country is something to chuckle about. They will never give one single moment of sacrifice for either their fellow countrymen or their own country. They used up and threw out Cindy Sheehan just as quickly as they will throw out PFC Manning when he no longer is useful. They have no honor, and as such, need to heap false charges of dishonor on all of us who have served, and sacrificed, for our fellow countrymen in order to salve their feelings of cowardice and their knowledge that they have done nothing to forward the human condition one inch.
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# Ken Hoop 2010-12-02 09:52
Oh I don't know. Ever heard of www.ivaw.org?
Cream of the real patriotic crop. Probably a few Ron Paul and Buchanan people in there too.
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# Diggs 2010-12-02 10:03
I served in Iraq with a soldier that later joined IVAW. Probably the only real soldier in all of IVAW, certainly the only one I know of, though I served with many. He was a dirtbag then, barely a soldier, and would have been kicked out if he wasn't so close to ETSing. And I doubt that he's changed any now.
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# mac 2010-12-02 10:09
If the Afghan was killed due to Manning's leaks, hang him. If not, life without parole at Leavenworth, preferably in solitary. Make an example of him. He's the best reason I've seen yet for banning homos in the military. They're all traitors waiting for their opportunity to strike.
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# joe 2010-12-02 10:24
@anonymous guy/girl who thinks they "can tell which comments are written by people who have never served." I think you're talking about me for one--keep barking all day, little dog. I was a Rakkasan scout at Ft Campbell (though I spent an awful lot of time at Benning). But keep wrapping yourself in the flag; it's my hope that Yon kinda depends on those like you, but he recognizes you for what you are.

@JoeBeach-->
There is a TON of evidence she was covert at the time. I HOPE the leaks didn't expose anyone--but I know Cheney/Libby/Ro ve did.
According to this Newsweek article titled "The CIA Leak: Plame Was Still
Covert" by Michael Isikoff and dated Feb. 13, 2006, special prosecutor
Patrick Fitzgerald made a determination on this matter.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11179719/site/newsweek/

"But special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald found that Plame had indeed
done 'covert work overseas' on counterprolifer ation matters in the past
five years, and the CIA 'was making specific efforts to conceal' her
identity, according to newly released portions of a judge's opinion."

US Code (USC) TITLE 50, CHAPTER 15, SUBCHAPTER IV, § 426, (4) covers one
definition of being a covert agent.
http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode50/usc_sec_50_00000426----000-.html

"The term 'covert agent' means?
(A) a present or retired officer or employee of an intelligence agency or
a present or retired member of the Armed Forces assigned to duty with an
intelligence agency?
(i) whose identity as such an officer, employee, or member is classified
information, and
(ii) who is serving outside the United States or has within the last five
years served outside the United States; ..."

Under the above definition and the assertion by Patrick Fitzgerald, Valerie
Plame, also know as Valerie Wilson, was considered a CIA covert agent when
Robert Novak's July 14, 2003 column was published in the Washington Post.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/20/AR2005102000874.html

"Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an agency
operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials
told me that Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the
Italian report. The CIA says its counterprolifer ation officials selected
Wilson and asked his wife to contact him."
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# Diggs 2010-12-02 10:36
Sorry Mac, but I've served with several homosexuals in the Army; and all of them served well, and honorably. One was a doc, one was a Patriot ADA Battery commander, two were in my company while I was in command. Not a problem with any of them.
This particular PFC may be gay, but he's not in trouble because he's gay, he's in trouble because he's a dirtbag traitor, period. There are legitimate reasons to question whether gays should openly serve, but using the example of this shitbird isn't one, in my opinion.
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# Ron Kidwell 2010-12-02 11:53
I volunteer for the firing squad!
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# Dan Lenarz, USA Ret 2010-12-02 13:14
First of all let me tell you that I received my purple heart and Army commendation medal in Vietnam, which I think was another war America was lied into. That being said I think to many of you sound like the good "I was only following orders" Germans of WW2. We are led to slaughter by evil and greedy politicians and arms makers. Wikileaks has helped pull back the curtain of secrecy these people need to keep operating behind. Shine the light of truth in and the rats scurry and fight back with more lies and false paranoia. The following is a quote I saved from the Christian
Science Monitor.
"When a government secretly engages in such consequential activities as aggressive wars justified by at best questionable and at worst fabricated intelligence, covert bombings and assassinations, and diplomatic maneuvering designed to support such global meddling, the people in whose name that government acts – and who could suffer retaliation – have a right to know."
I commend PFC. Manning for having the balls to stand up for America by helping shed light on the evil doers that profit by the wanton slaughter of people.
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# joe 2010-12-02 14:05
yeah, i just don't think any of these leaks equal to much of anything. heck, maybe the diplomatic stuff will help us--too bad we can't be so blunt without being undiplomatic. both sides are blowing it out of proportion, while the middle doesn't really care. there's no Gulf of Tonkin here--no My Lai, etc. move on. (ps--my views were mostly in sync with what turned out to be pat tilman's, who supported afghanistan but not iraq--except i supported iraq about 30%...i'm all for taking out horrible people (i'm looking at you kim jong il--and you're little fat, pug of a son too), but i don't think we should have to lie--and create one failed justification after another and falsify documents and sit our troops out on the border hoping for a preemptive attack on them--to do it.
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# joe 2010-12-02 14:05
yeah, i just don't think any of these leaks equal to much of anything. heck, maybe the diplomatic stuff will help us--too bad we can't be so blunt without being undiplomatic. both sides are blowing it out of proportion, while the middle doesn't really care. there's no Gulf of Tonkin here--no My Lai, etc. move on. (ps--my views were mostly in sync with what turned out to be pat tilman's, who supported afghanistan but not iraq--except i supported iraq about 30%...i'm all for taking out horrible people (i'm looking at you kim jong il--and you're little fat, pug of a son too), but i don't think we should have to lie--and create one failed justification after another and falsify documents and sit our troops out on the border hoping for a preemptive attack on them--to do it.
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# JR 2010-12-02 14:52
He should be pardoned, I'm sure Ron Paul would do so. This issue divides the Republican Party, and shows who are true libertarians and who believe that government should be able to keep secrets from its citizens, especially secrets that indicate war crimes. Everyone who accuses him of putting lives in danger and at the same time endorse the wars Bush and Obama are prosecuting abroad are total hypocrites.
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# Justin in Austin 2010-12-02 15:17
Interesting breadth of commentary, from those advocating death and those advocating pardon. I'm pretty sure, for those neo-patriots on here, that the Founding Dudes intended for us to stay out of foreign wars and entangling allegiances in the first place. So if you want to follow the letter of the law and start hanging people for betraying our country, let's start with those at the top.
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# John Moore 2010-12-02 16:28
"Interesting breadth of commentary, from those advocating death and those advocating pardon. I'm pretty sure, for those neo-patriots on here, that the Founding Dudes intended for us to stay out of foreign wars and entangling allegiances in the first place. So if you want to follow the letter of the law and start hanging people for betraying our country, let's start with those at the top."

Which, no doubt, is why Jefferson sent the marines to "shores of " Tripoli. Oh, and yeah, this veteran says the guy should suffer a lot for his treason. Make no mistake, regardless of whether you agree with the politics of any war, it is a high crime to leak military secrets during that war - especially if you are a soldier.

If we were in a dictatorship, one could perhaps justify such behavior, but we are not. Like it or not, the war is being waged under our democratic system, by legally elected leaders of both parties, acting in accordance with the Constitution.
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# Winslow P. Kelpfroth 2010-12-02 17:29
to: Joe, and JR: (re: no harm done with these leaks)
You must not read the foreign news. The Taliban is all over this leak, a terrific way to finger who out in the provinces is aiding the Afghan government.
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# Diggs 2010-12-02 18:09
Joe, you were "a Rakkasan scout at Ft Campbell"? Sure.
Just like Micah Wright and Jesse MacBeth were Rangers.
Dude, really. Fake soldiers like you can be spotted a mile away.
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# Brian Boru 2010-12-02 19:34
At last someone is prepared to help the public know the truth about American world wide terrorism
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# Drury 2010-12-02 19:55
That's too good for a POS like Manning. George Washington had it right. You HANG spies and traitors. It is what this "soldier" deserves.
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# PapaRay 2010-12-03 03:44
Are we to believe that one guy, a lowly pfc, acted alone in making all this 'upload' of info for all of these leaks over all this time?
I just don't buy it. A Private with access acting all by his lonesome? At a minimum, his superiors deserve to be tried and quartered for dereliction of duty and being asleep at the wheel while all this happened.
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# William Munney 2010-12-03 07:44
"The penalty for treason / spying is / should be execution after a court martial. I see no reason why this should not apply in PFC Manning's case. - Don Eskridge, December 02, 2010"

Nah Don, they couldn't do that, because he's homosexual and was in an "awkward place" at the time of the leaks, so executing him could be construed as "bullying". He'll probably plead insanity(he wasn't "in his right mind at the time" you know) and get off(no pun intended, you sickos). Oh, but it is not like homosexuality has nothing to do with his mental illness, just ask his drag-queen boyfriend. But he was probably "in an awkward place" because this Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy had him all stressed out because he couldn't shout out to the troops that he was "gay". Because you know having sex with a member of your own gender is very important in the whole scheme of things. /S.
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# Tommy Barrios 2010-12-03 10:45
This despicable person is a direct result of what many have warned against with the military's almost maniacal obsession with Politikal Korrectness and ethnic/class pandering.

This looks like a prime example of the "fifth column" infiltration of the military by the gay left and it's leftist sycophants, which also been warned against and fallen on deaf ears!

One wonders if this guy is a plant and was sent into the Army by whomever to do the very things he has done!

That said, the fact this pinhead is gay is irrelevant.

The problem here is that the military is not doing enough to more carefully screen people who are put into positions where they could possibly compromise national/milita ry security.

I have listened with horror as to how lax security in the military and the government has become since I was in the military and subsequently as working for a military/govern ment contractor on highly sensitive projects that turned my life inside out going back 15 years in order to get the clearances I needed to do my job at the time!

It almost as if things have actually gotten worse since 9/11 instead of better!

I shudder to think what this traitor would have done had he access to nuclear materials!
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# Gismo Fly 2010-12-03 12:32
This whole silly event shows how vulnerable homosexuals are to security breaches. Bradley may not have a university degree but he joins the likes of the Cambridge Five and others of that ilk who became wrapped up in themselves and thought they were so much smarter than the rest of us mere mortals.

Having said that isn't it the whole bucket fascinating? Apart from screwing up US diplomacy for years to come it reads like the diary of a time traveller just returned to 2010.

Fortunately, there are sceret papers and projects that have not been compromised and for that we should be grateful.
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# mantracker 2010-12-03 13:47
The military of the United States executed 160 soldiers and other members of the armed forces between 1942 and 1961. Of the total, 106 were executed for murder, 53 for rape and one for desertion (Eddie Slovik). There have been no military executions since 1961.

The death penalty is still a possible punishment for several crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Currently, 14 offenses are punishable by death. Under the following sections of the UCMJ, the death penalty can be imposed at any time:

Mutiny or sedition
Misbehavior before the enemy
Subordinate compelling surrender
Improper use of countersign
Forcing a safeguard
Aiding the enemy
Espionage
Improper hazarding of vessel
Murder
Rape and carnal knowledge

Four provisions of the UCMJ carry a death sentence only if the crime is committed during times of war:
Desertion
Assaulting or willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer
Spies
Misbehavior of a sentinel or lookout

Without detailed review of the UCMJ, Manning may qualify for death under a couple different provisions (Aiding, Espionage, Spies)
Personally, I'd pay the US Government for the privilege to put down this dog.
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# TonyR 2010-12-03 13:59
For the record, Bush, Cheney, et al did not leak the Valarie Plaime story, it was Richard Armitage, a career state department employee. Scooter Libby was prosecuted for lying to an investigator, not leaking information. Valarie Plaime had not been in the field for at least 5 years prior to the leaks. Even if Bush or Cheney had released the information, the president (and VP by extension) can release classified information at his discresion.
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# Tom McAfee 2010-12-06 16:04
Knowing the likes of the "common" american (lowercase) these days. I wouldn't be surpprised that the "Obama-phites" give thiis TRAITOR a Medal Of Honor!!! With the cost of ammo going up---I ain't wastin any on you or your families----unl ess you fought for this country. Most of you morons are" PISSING IN THE WIND"----bet you don't even know what that means, numb nuts!! RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!!
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# nellie 2010-12-07 04:53
A lot of you seem keen to execute Bradley - what I would ask is how someone of his grade would have access to this stuff if it really needs keeping under wraps? Oh, by the way, I think it's the sign of a civilised society that we no longer use the death penalty?
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# superpope 2010-12-08 07:17
Did he break the law? Big time. The question becomes though, should we consider what he did a crime after considering the content released.

For example, this guy's leak exposes a private military contractor throwing child prostitution parties for the Afghan police:

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/12/wikileaks_texas_company_helped.php

If releasing that kind of information about COMPLETELY deplorable activities being funded by our government without our knowledge makes this guy a traitor, then I would be proud to carry that label, and would happily betray anyone and everyone funding the butt-raping of young afghan boys.
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# garfield 2010-12-11 11:46
No matter whether Bradley gets executed, spends the rest of his life in jail or is freed, he has changed the course of history.
You psychopaths that are obsessed with war, that are brain washed with national security will be the last generation to think this way.
Good night and good luck...
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# Frank Stinton Jr 2010-12-13 22:47
The truth nomatter what it is must be known. The worldwill all ways be better for it. I wish they would have allowed Assange to use his ace in the hole and he leaked the cables concerning the Banksters at BofA and the other scum bag that have gotten away with raping and robbing the American Tax paying citizens.
I would agree with every thing those two idiots did if only their intenent was to help the American populace know and understand what criminlas are running thsi nation and for whos gain.
But they did not do it for the good of anyone but themselvesand their God and Puppet master George Soros. They did it to enrich him and make a name for themselves in the history books.
They did it to create chaos in a world already buried in chaos and economic strife. The one thing that they scrwed up the most was their under estimation of the American Citizen and those Citizens ability to be able to take a load of crap and turn it into something useful and or walk in full stride away from the things that don't really matter and proudly go one with there lives taking one thingaway from the whole fiasco, Personal knowledge and the chance to chaange things in the future so that our kids won't have to deal with it in their life time.
FDS
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# sarc 2010-12-17 09:57
He did not dishonour his country, his commanding officers back at the Pentagon did that. All he did was expose some of their lies.
You are a vet, did you gleefuly laugh after shooting at civilians? Did you shoot unarmed injured enemy personel in cold blood? Did you shoot kids? If you saw some of your comrades doing any of the above would you keep quite about it?
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# DLPennington 2010-12-23 05:56
Lots of great comments above... So Manning's charges are light? Is his case closed yet? As for the noral right or wrong concerning his crime. He didn't have to do it. Crimes committed in combat are not typically dealt with at the time. However, eventually the truth come outs and justice begins. The fact that the video of the helicopter incident still existed says a lot about the judicial system, civilian and military.
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# Garrett 2010-12-25 11:12
With all this information coming to light thru whatever channels, having such a polarization of our citizens and all, I have to contemplate the meanings of it all. This country supposedly has the philosophy our government is a government for the people, of the people, by the people. That causes me then to think that we are all spokes in the wheel. Are those of us who then become victims (9-11 etc.) of our foreign policy “innocent victims” as claimed by the MSM and “powers that be”?
We elect by the majority of votes our leaders & representatives and pray they do indeed represent the citizens in an honorable upright fashion afterwards as they step into their roles, even when I may not have voted for them. When they don’t, damn straight I want to know it, so as I have the information I need to cast a vote, which will then make me responsible for my government’s policies and actions. I also think I have to take into consideration that if a candidate wins an election by only 1 or 2% of the ballots cast that there is at least 49% or ½ the population does not want them representing them or agree with the candidate that gets elected by majority. Would this portion of the population, no matter the percentage, then be the “innocent victims” of some foreign retribution or the “innocent victims” of an economic policy of corporate favoritism? The rest being guilty.
Apparently this country has no problem spending an unimaginable amount of funds and human suffering (both other nations and ours) to exert its will on others whether it be for corporate interest (commonly referred to as National interests) by maintaining influence in a region, or by expelling by whatever means a leader that just doesn’t “play ball” with the U.S. Being accustom to relatively inexpensive gasoline prices do we ignore much of the misery our corporate interests produce?
Excessive force now days is routine in the form of drones, cruise missiles, navies, air power, artillery and all the support those forms require to operate are used against handfuls of insurgents, residents of their own sovereign countries that do not even own a Piper Cub in which to deliver anything. And everyone is so shocked that they use the only delivery system they have… themselves, in countries and cultures we refuse to understand, though their histories are easily available. So I can only assume that the reason our leaders refuse to understand and respect their histories is that they simply don’t care… or they think our will is stronger and it will turn out different this time. I wonder do the U.S. Armies ever think of themselves as the Red Coats when over there kicking in doors? If not, then why not?
The U.S. foreign policy in the Mideast is an ongoing factor to ramp up the dangers of retaliation against us. I am not afraid of “terrorist”. Would I rather fight them on our own soil? Yes. I won’t even go into all the reasons why.
I will say this one more thing. Motives are always the key to the confusing government actions that so continue to confound us. Rhetoric and propaganda continue to try and explain, mislead, and create reasons for it all. Once you realize the motives involved then the pieces fall into place and it all starts to make sense. The real motives are the deepest of our government’s secrets. I can only hope I/we continue to have glimpses by whatever means of the reality and motives of those that represent me. The rest of the world can and will be influenced by example. It is painfully obvious that force, manipulation of the law and dirty dealings is leading the way on all sides now. Suicide bombings, our armies murdering at random, lies and cover-ups go hand in hand with the insanity of war. This war now as all wars before, reveal the examples being shown and being followed.
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# Disillusioned with the US i.e. my illusion has been shattered 2011-01-05 01:39
Whether the war crimes are committed by the Nazis, the Communists, Idi Amin's forces, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge - or George W Bush's/Barrak Obama's US forces, a war crime is a war crime.

Had he disclosed troop movements or positions to the enemy, that would be one thing, but to show a massacre of civilians, to report the honest opinions of US Ambassadors and diplomats - to show their duplicity - is nothing more than bringing the truth into the light - the right place for it.

I don't consider PFC Bradley to be a hero for this, but I do consider him to be a moral and just person who did what he considered to be right. I certainly don't consider him to be a criminal beyond disobeying orders. Yes, he should be dishonorably discharged from the military. But because he's to honorable to be in the US military.
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# K. Dominic 2011-01-09 06:53
We have to make an example of this dude,regardless of what has been leaked,we need to uphold our principles of OPSEC/PERSEC ..and its not up to each individual soldier (this particular one was spending his time behind the wire all day,stuffing his face with pogeybait no less)to suddenly embark on a selfrigtheous enterprise that in turn have a probability to hurt US and NATO troops and assets..

This guy violated the trust invested in him,not only by the US but by the whole of the coalition/ISAF force..
He needs to be made an example of..just for the magnitude of his crimes and the principle.

US born,Junior NCO of a NATO country's Army..ISAF 08/09 (Now in reserve status,MOS would correspond to 11B)
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# Dennis 2011-01-23 13:31
Once you swore the oath it is implied you will look out for your bother and sisters in arms and in a combat zone more so. Forget the legal talk he broke one of the most sacried oaths and you should not get off easy for that.
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# KG Smith 2011-01-26 10:12
Former Cdn infanteer here: I've been both the escort, and the guy dancing the hatless jig, and a charge sheet does not mean he's guilty. Hell, it's not even proof that he was there at the crime. How abouts you let your military justice system go through the steps, and if he's found guilty, sound off then.

Pro Patria.
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# CombatVetOIF 2011-02-08 10:58
The point is, The "Nipper Net" is for CLASSIFIED information. It wasn't up to PFC Manning to scrutinize over and decide what he liked and what he didnt like. Treason is treason. A-Symetrical warfare is won by staying alive and winning the hearts and minds of the people; exposing our flaws isnt the way to do it. Last time I checked, no one is perfect...not even governments and especially not war. I say execute him and everyone else involved.
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# I care about freedom 2011-03-11 20:43
Manning and Assange are heroes. They have done nothing but show how deep the corruption and filth goes throughout both the U.S government and the world at large.
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# I care about freedom 2011-03-11 20:45
Quoting mac:
If the Afghan was killed due to Manning's leaks, hang him. If not, life without parole at Leavenworth, preferably in solitary. Make an example of him. He's the best reason I've seen yet for banning homos in the military. They're all traitors waiting for their opportunity to strike.



This hate speech pretty much sums up everyone condemning Private Manning, a true hero.
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# pat 2011-04-21 20:58
Snowman - I agree. There is no way we can have true freedom if the American public is not aware of "secrets" that reveal our true standing. There is no way to fight against TSA or any other protected agency, and we have no idea what our goals are in Afghanistan - or even Iraq, for that matter. Obama promised transparency - where is it?
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# Ret. military 2011-06-03 18:12
The man (that is questionable) should be hung by the neck until dead, (if found guilty of coarse), we should not waste the $$$ keeping him alive to serve a life sentence, nor is he worth the price of a bullet.
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# RE: PFC Bradley Manning's Charge SheetFair & Balanced 2012-01-26 03:08
Nearly 8 months have passed since the last comment and there has yet to be evidence of even one person being harmed by the leaked docs. However, it should be noted that when the Iraqis realized the depth of US criminal acts, they correctly refused to indemnify our troops which forced Obama to comply with the withdrawal date George W signed off on.

As far as I'm concerned, PFC Manning is responsible for bringing the war to an early end and saving many lives, of both our brave soldiers as well as innocent Iraqi civilians. Secondly, the State Department cables exposed the depth of corruption of some Mideast dictators. That combined with the self- immolation of the young Sudanese man are both credited with sparking the Arab Spring, which brought down the decades long repressive regimes of Sudan and Egypt. No small potatoes.

I have no problem with military plans during a war, weapon system designs, etc., being kept secret. In fact, I fully support it as these sorts of leaks would actually put us at risk and should rightly be considered treason. But the notion of keeping crimes or embarrassing activities secret from us (the one's that are paying for them) is at best questionable. After all, every time our government takes action, they are doing it in our name. I for one, have a serious problem with being complicit in things I have no knowledge about. You should , too.
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