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  •  I had not thought of this (7+ / 0-)

    but if Manning was found guilty of some of the espionage charges, that doesn't validate the traitor claim, does it?

    Treason is a separate charge, defined by the Constitution. But in the courts, how does one get officially deemed a traitor?  Maybe the "aiding the enemy" charge would have done it.  I'm so glad he (and we, as it would have had a massive effect on all journalists and therefore the whole country) dodged that bullet.

    I'm cynical on that one.  I told KBO that I wondered if they avoided finding him guilty on the aiding the enemy charge in order to make it easier to extradite Assange and Snowden, saying that they US did not find Manning guilty of a capital crime (even though they did charge him with one, which should make it more difficult for the US ability to extradite whistleblowers from here on out).

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 07:03:37 PM PDT

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    •  Funny how the conspiracy theory (1+ / 0-)
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      twists whenever confronted with reality staring it in the face, yet it never goes away.

      Has it ever occurred to you that maybe, just maybe, the judge on the Manning case was being... well, the judge on the Manning case, nothing more?  Or is it incomprehensible that they're not part of a giant anti-whistleblowing freedom-hating crusade coordinated by president Obama, who telegraphs in to judges what he wants and doesn't want them to convict people on?

      So let's get this straight.  The government decided to charge him with aiding the enemy only to deliberately let him off the hook in order to make it easier to extradite Assange and Snowden?  So.... why charge him at all for it?  Why not, from the beginning, say, "the concept of an aiding the enemy charge was raised, and immediately dismissed; the US does not charge whistleblowers with capital crimes." ?

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