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Savage reports: "A military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act."

Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy. (photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)
Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy. (photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)

Manning Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

By Charlie Savage, The New York Times

30 July 13


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military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act.

Private Manning had already confessed to being WikiLeaks' source for a huge cache of government documents, which included videos of airstrikes in which civilians were killed, hundreds of thousands of front-line incident reports from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, dossiers on men being held without trial at the Guantánamo Bay prison, and about 250,000 diplomatic cables.

But while Private Manning had pleaded guilty to a lesser version of the charges he was facing, which could expose him to up to 20 years in prison, the government decided to press forward with a trial on a more serious version of the charges, including "aiding the enemy" and violations of the Espionage Act.

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+24 # Activista 2013-07-30 11:59
Exposing USA war crimes does not have to do anything with espionage, but on opposite could prevent future wars (like bombing of Iran) and save many lives.
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-07-30 14:52
How about Bush And Cheney. Start a war based on a big lie. Bush, Vietnam, went AWOL rather than risking his life. Cheney, deferments, saying, "I have other things to do." Yet, neither charged with war crimes because as Obama said, "let things in the past stay in the past." I really doubt the judge in Manning's case will say, "let things in the past......."
+8 # Cougar27 2013-07-30 18:55
The same Obama who a year ago, prior to any proper investigation, much less trial proceedings, declared Bradley Manning guilty.

Some constitutional scholars might wonder how Manning could get a fair trial when the Commander-in-Ch ief had already rendered a verdict, a verdict that must have been made known to Colonel (Judge) Lind, an Obama subordinate.

Some constitutional scholars, but probably none who studied under that great Ivy League grad, Harvard Law Review editor, and professor of constitutional law, one Barack H. Obama.
+11 # treadlightly 2013-07-30 12:07
Aiding the enemy? No, exposing the enemy. I hope this small victory brings some comfort to Bradley.
+9 # WeMustEvolve 2013-07-30 12:18
This is such great, great news. Now I can have a much better day. We need many more brave patriots like Manning. Blind allegiance to bad government is not patriotic.
+6 # Michael Lee Bugg 2013-07-30 14:38
WME - I guess you missed the part where it says that he could get up to 150 years in prison where he could continue to be tortured? I hope he gets the Nobel Peace Prize! Mr. Obama promised the most open, accountable administration ever but he is persecuting and prosecuting whistle blowers as fast as they can be found! What a political coward Mr. Obama has turned out to be!
+5 # Douglas Jack 2013-07-30 12:42
Activista, Exposing USA (United States of Army) war crimes does & has saved many lives.
Judge Denise R. Lind as a representative of the US Army, United States of Army (Finance-Media- Military-Indust rial-Complex) people & government have been found guilty by the people of the world of Crimes Against Humanity for their conduct in the illegal manufactured wars against Iraq, Afghanistan etc. including most significantly the torture, persecution & false 'show' trial of whistle-blower PVT Bradley Manning, intelligence officer who exposed these crimes against humanity.

As a consequence, the US of Army, corporations & its citizens are now shunned by the world's people as linked to murdering, irresponsible & earth-destroyin g practices. Considering this aggravated assault follows in the wake of hundreds of illegal manufactured aggressions & wars (mostly undeclared) against nations around the world, including the sovereign 1st Nations of the Americas, it will take a full apology & redress under 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') law & custom.
+26 # grandma lynn 2013-07-30 12:44
I watched the video that's available to me, because of Manning's act of conscience. I saw the on-the-street Reuters photographers walking casually, not furtively, not like military on an errand. I heard the helicopter's soldiers begging for a chance to shoot the people below. Calling them "twenty or so" then, but "eight" later. When a van came along to rescue one wounded, crawling victim, the soldiers in the helicopter begged to shoot the van. Got permission. Children in the van shot too, so one soldier says it's the father's fault for bring the child into the war.

My god! We brought the war into the parents' land, Iraq. The war is there and ongoing because W. Bush and Cheney orchestrated that it start. Our spineless "representative s" in Congress fell in line with the scheme.

I am grateful to Manning for releasing such as this military video, and I will never call him a traitor or anything but a whistleblower. I honor him.
+16 # Dirk 2013-07-30 13:08
The cat is out of the bag, and no amount of tyranny as expressed by the criminal regimes responsible for it will put it back in there.

In between crying over the needless blood-shed and expressions of poor boundaries that characterize the international war crimes taking place in countries not at war with the United States, the world is laughing at Uncle Schmuck and his cohorts, and will be for some time to come.

The undies of the super-power and its lackeys are around their ankles, for all the world to see, and no amount of abuse of someone like Bradley Manning will stop the guffawing or chuckling at the hypocrisy, shallowness, pomposity, and more that these virtual spoiled children with nukes have come to represent. In fact, such abuses will serve to reinforce the dedication of those of us who see this era for what it is; that time when justice took a dive, and those who swore to defend the weak crossed their fingers behind their backs.

Thank you for your courage, Private Manning. those who persecute you may one day have to meet their own Makers, and in that time of judgment, should such an event occur, may be shocked to discover that, despite their over-blown and self-serving narcissistic egos, they are NOT Gods..
+10 # fredboy 2013-07-30 13:41
What we now need to do is identify the many thousands of current and former U.S. military personnel who kept their mouths shut and covered up atrocities and are now strutting around with medals on their chests. Something is very, very wrong with this system.
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-07-30 20:00
& now of course we will see the War Criminals Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld, & Rove over the Plame Outing pursued & tried with exactly the same vigorous intensity...uh. ..say, fellows?
+7 # AUCHMANNOCH 2013-07-31 02:49
Well said grandma lynn

I wonder how long this true hero is going to be incarcerated when the bully boys in the helicopter that perpetuated that act of wanton and cowardly murder revealed by Manning's release of the video got off SCOT FREE!

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