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Since the Espionage Act of 1917 was enacted during World War I, the United States has only seen three indictments in the act’s 90 years. The act is intended to “protect the United States against ‘the insidious methods of internal hostile activities.’” Since the Obama Administration took Washington, there have been six indictments under the Espionage Act, according to AlterNet.
These recent indictments weren’t used to prosecute government double-agents exposing war secrets to America’s enemies. They were whistleblowers – and patriots – who acted in the best interest of the American people.
The most recent and glaring example is the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning. In 2010, Manning leaked 700,000 military documents and videos to Wikileaks. One such video is the infamous document of an American gunship slaughtering about 12 people, including journalists. In regards to why he released the information, Manning said it was “to help enlighten the public about ‘what happens and why it happens’ and to ‘spark a debate about foreign policy.’” Before Wikileaks – however – Manning took his findings to such large newspapers as The Washington Post and The New York Times, neither of which would pick up the story. Even still, Manning is facing serious charges in military court including “aiding the enemy.” ... Full Story