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  •  Because he's certain to be imprisoned for life. (1+ / 0-)
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    wdrath

    Times have changed since the Pentagon Papers era. America's justice system is heavily stacked in favor of the prosecution - the "right to trial by jury" notwithstanding. Even if a jury were to acquit him, he would simply be retried under a different statute until the government gets the verdict it wants - "double jeopardy" notwithstanding. All the while, he would certainly be denied bail, & probably subjected to degradation & torture similar to what Bradley Manning has had to endure.

    No, living in Russia, or Bolivia or Venezuela or Iran, or any other country that the U.S. deems "unfree", would be far preferable to life in an American prison.

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