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  •  No. "Manning says Manning reporting war crime" (0+ / 0-)

    which, given what he actually released and how he released it, is a doubtful story.  It might be different if all Manning released was the video which could possibly be argued to be showing some wrongdoing; at least, it would show his subjective desire to do the right thing.

    Maybe he'll come up with something more convincing for his sentencing for the counts where he has entered guilty pleas.

    One piece of free advice to the GOP: Drop the culture wars, explicitly.

    by Inland on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:22:31 PM PST

    •  I suspect the plea deal will go through... (1+ / 0-)
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      and he'll get something like 10 years, minus 2.5 served nets 7.5....... I don't know if the military does 'time off for good behavior', but worst case is he gets out in 2019 when he'll be 32.

      Hell, if they give him 20 years and he gets out at 42, he'll still be a VERY lucky guy, considering the gravity of the 'aiding the enemy' charge - death sentence possible.

      And I suspect the plea deal will go through because the aiding the enemy charge is going to be hard to prove, and Manning has obvious psychological issues that will further cloud the case.

      And, of course, the defense may be able to inject his pre-trial confinement treatment - 2 years of solitary confinement is not good for anyone, much less someone with existing challenges - to at least muddy the waters.

      All of that might take several more years to work through, with limited chances of success for a longer sentence.

      Finally, I suspect the government would really, really like this whole matter to just go away, and while they can't let him go, 10 or 20 years in Leavenworth is just about as good. I doubt anyone will care much by the time he is released.


      Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

      by databob on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:34:40 PM PST

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      •  The link I have said a max of 16 years: (1+ / 0-)
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        but apparently there are still the most serious charges outstanding, which strikes me as a strange way to make a deal.

        It won't help if he claims to be a whistleblower at sentencing.

        One piece of free advice to the GOP: Drop the culture wars, explicitly.

        by Inland on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:41:32 PM PST

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