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Originally posted by Kandinsky
It's definitely a hostile attack on his character. Manning could have been portrayed sympathetically or neutrally and it's clearly neither. Politically, it's undermining the validity of the leak by associating it with the caricature personality of the article.
It's classic deflection. People keep chatting about what kind of guy leaked the documents. The contents or implications of those leaks become secondary.
My first impression was the media was flogging a dead horse and trying to sell copy by extending the wikileaks story. The tone of the article, a journalistic decision, suggests other motives.
Originally posted by sremmos
Why does it matter if he was a geek and an outcast?
All that tells me is that he has even more character since he lived in a world that refused to accept or help him in any significant way and still decided to do something for the world at great risk to himself.