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  •  By revealing the information, he broke the law. (6+ / 0-)

    That is pretty clear.  But the question is how draconian should his punishment be.  The "aiding the enemy" charge is not only wildly disproportionate, it threatens the liberties of all of us and the very nature of democracy.

    When I was in military intelligence, I would have expected to face a couple of years in military prison for doing what Manning did.

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:21:54 AM PST

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    •  I think you've oversimplified the issues (1+ / 0-)
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      But, neither am I disputing the possibility that some punishment would be appropriate. I agree that the "aiding the enemy charge" looks overly aggressive--like many charges filed against government whistleblowers.  

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