There’s bad and good news for Private First Class Bradley Manning. He was found not guilty of aiding the enemy, but was found guilty of espionage and theft. This means that Bradley Manning will not get the death penalty, nor get a life sentence. We do not know what sentence he will get. Tomorrow the judge will tell him his fate.
The charge for aiding the enemy is so ridiculous! If I write a blog and some al-Qaeda operative reads it and uses it to his benefit, will I get in trouble? If a journalist somewhere writes an article that al-Qaeda reads and uses, will the journalist be accused of espionage? If someone writes a book and al-Qaeda uses it to their advantage, will the person be charged with espionage? What about television anchors, if they report on something al-Qaeda uses, are they guilty of committing espionage?
I’m sure the Obama administration will be happy if Bradley Manning gets a long sentence. A sentence that equals life imprisonment. I’m sure the Obama administration wants to send a message to others not to do anything like Bradley Manning. Bradley Manning being punished for embarrassing the Obama administration. The administration got caught with its pants down.
If anyone deserves a long prison sentence it is the politicians. They’re all crooks. They all belong in jail, and the key should be thrown away.
I’m happy Bradley Manning was found not guilty of espionage. But I’m sure Bradley Manning can look forward to a lot of bullying in prison.
I’m puzzled as to why Bradley Manning had to spend three years in the custody of the government. Doesn’t the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution also apply to soldiers? He had the right to a speedy and public trial. Bradley Manning was also tortured while waiting to go on trial. The Constitution says no one can be punished without a trial, so why punish him before his trial?
The good thing about being in government custody for Bradley Manning is that the time he spent in government custody will come off his sentence.
Bradley Manning will find out tomorrow how long he will be in prison. I pray that it’s not fifty years or more. What a waste of a young life!
Good luck, Bradley Manning!
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- Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy charge (politico.com)
- Report: Bradley Manning Found Not Guilty of Aiding Enemy (ktla.com)
- European Parliamentarians Call on President Obama to Free Bradley Manning (sgtreport.com)
- International News | Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy, guilty of 20 other charges (thejournalist.ie)