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Manning—the admitted source to the WikiLeaks disclosures—has been convicted on nineteen counts, including multiple Espionage Act... ...faces over 100 years in jail. While the most pernicious charge, “aiding the enemy,” was thankfully rejected by the military judge, this decision is a terrible blow to both investigative journalists and the sources they rely on to inform the public.
Manning is now the most high profile conviction under President Obama’s crackdown on leakers.
Jen Robinson @suigenerisjen
Verdict in #Manning proceedings means that whistleblowing = espionage. First ever successful espionage conviction against a whistleblower.
WikiLeaksVerified account @wikileaks
Assange on Manning verdict: "This is the first ever espionage conviction against a whistleblower." http://__._/Statement-by-Julian-Assange-on.html
Glenn Greenwald Verified account @ggreenwald
ACLU on Manning prosecution: "seems clear that the government was seeking to intimidate" future whistleblowers www.aclu.org...
@3ristar President Obama perhaps should pardon Bradley Manning.
1/2 "Pfc Manning also details how he tried to leak the archive of secret files to both The Washington Post and The New York Times...
Update on the Manning trial: news.bostonherald.com...
Btw, a win for @RonPaul is a win for @wikileaks and Bradley Manning.
and to me, barring them from visiting manning sounds like possibility of even bigger story. #wikileaks #bradleymanning
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
This sends the message that if you see someone with "authority" committing a crime you should just shut up about it or risk a long time in prison... that's the message this sends our kids.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by MindBodySpiritComplex
Here is an idea...
People need to learn what a Whistle Blower is.
People need to learn what information qualifies under Whistle Blower Statutes.
People need to learn the difference between Whistle Blowing as a civilian and Whistle Blowing as a member of the Us Armed Forces.
People need to learn that leaking information of a criminal act, and then burying that info under hundreds of thousands of classified documents that contain absolutely no criminal actions is not whistle blowing.
People need to learn that Manning knew exactly what his position in the military was and how he got into that position and what the consequences would be if he violated the laws in that area.
Manning is nothing more than a whiny little b*t*h who decided to go down this road because people didn't like him all that much.
If people want to cover what a whistle blower is follow the Snowden drama.