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  •  If he disclosed classified information (3+ / 0-)

    to an unauthorized recipient, he committed a crime.
    That might be mitigated by the fact that one (or maybe more) of the bits of information were evidence of war crimes. But the fact remains that he disclosed, illegally. And he knew that what he was doing was illegal.
    The fact that he did it from the battlefield, during a war, released war logs that revealed details of operations, he's damm lucky he wasn't summarily shot.
    All that said, I salute his courage to go through with it and believe that his intentions were sterling. He should be brought to trial and consideration for his mistreatment should be weighed as part of that trial. Also the fact that both the State Dept and the Pentagon have said publicly that his dump didn't harm US or put our people in danger, should count in his favor.
    I'm not convinced that he sent all of the WikiLeaks files, either. Just for one: How is it possible that sensitive State Department files are accessible by a Pfc in the Army in Iraq? Why are State and the Pentagon's networks open to each other at all? And how much else is available to basically, anyone?
    Assange has said that he has no way to know who sent him the files, that there was an anonymous drop box set up and publicized. It could have been anyone.
    And of course, we have no statement from Manning as to what he sent.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:40:01 PM PST

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    •  That's part of the problem with the WL - how (0+ / 0-)

      do they authenticate anything? If they don't have any knowledge of the source, who verifies that the documents are real?

      The war crimes, the corruption, sure does need more sunshine, but without effective editorial policies, WL is also a potential conduit for propaganda.

      Who's to say that whistleblowers haven't submitted documents, and Julian Assange has secretly auctioned them off to someone who want to use them to blackmail the subject.

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