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    position.  I don't endorse the action.  I was answering your question as to why some might find what he did to be less troublesome on a moral level.  

    Suppose something leaked led to the death of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.  Who would be to blame?  Options include BM, Julian Assange, the newspapers publishing leaks, the person(s) who physically murdered the soldier, the tactician behind the assault, or perhaps the regime responsible for the war in the first place without which the soldier would be stateside, the commanding officers who negligently entrusted BM with access, and so forth.  Life doesn't readily supply an easy answer, as there would be much culpability in that chain of causation.  

    As I mentioned earlier, there may have been more outrage if we had a strong sense that we lived in a country with unified national interests and that U.S. foreign policy existed to promote them equally.  Unfortunately, the profits generated by these wars of choice aren't exactly trickling down to Main Street.  So why would any of us lose sleep over an exposure of wrongdoing by a department that seems by all empirical accounts to be pretty nefarious and adverse to our interests in the first place?  

    That said, I agree with the view that BM should be punished primarily to deter repeats.  But it's not something that fills me with righteous anger or the kind of bloodlust I see in authoritarian types looking for cartoon-simple answers to complicated questions.  Best to you, -B

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