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Raffi Khatchadourian begins: "The coming week will mark the one-year anniversary of an unusual chapter in the unfolding WikiLeaks saga: the naming of Bradley Manning, a young military-intelligence analyst and Private First Class in the United States Army, as the source of some of the most spectacular classified leaks in this country's history."

Protesters display 'I am Bradley Manning' posters at a rally in support of Manning. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Protesters display 'I am Bradley Manning' posters at a rally in support of Manning. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

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+12 # S. Wolf Britain 2011-05-23 00:07
What a shameless propagandist this writer is! The government doesn't have every right to prosecute Manning if it is nothing but a malicious prosecution, which it most-definitely is. Manning did nothing but his duty under the Constitution and the UCMJ to report crimes to The People, those who at large are the ONLY ones who the government and military are supposed to work for (though, obviously, they don't anymore, if they ever truly did). For that reason, Manning is to be commended and not disparaged whatsoever. HE fulfilled HIS duty unlike this "journalist".

But what is most telling about this propagandist who wrote this article is that he shamelessly violates Manning's constitutional right(s) to presumption of innocence, doing the opposite and presuming him guilty throughout the article. In fact, throughout the article there is not one use of the word "alleged", and/or ANY mention of the fact that Manning is ALLEGED to be guilty of certain things; but, instead, this disgusting polemic aids the prosecution in presuming him guilty throughout, which is truly deserving of disparagement and condemnation, not Manning.
+4 # Glen 2011-05-24 19:29
Alleged is too ambiguous and may be used to declare guilt without proof. Reported to be, or similar is much better.

Great observation on this - too many folks are too used to such writing to notice the technique of casting aspersions.
+1 # brider 2011-05-23 01:05
You obviously did not watch 60 minutes last night. A senior analyst
for NSA went through clasified channels on the Warrentless wiretaps
and got basicly no response. He talked to a Boston Globe reporter
and has tried to pursue defense under the whisleblower act. He is now being prosecuted under Esponage act. NSA's position is when you sign the paper for your clearance of clasified material you give up your right to make a indivual decision on clasified material. May be bad but its the law
+11 # kalpal 2011-05-23 06:41
Governments use national secrets acts to avoid letting their own citizens know how often teh government is incompetent, vicious, indifferent, venal and cowardly. The nemies may well know it all but the citizens must be kept unaware of the acts that might get leaders dismissed, exiled or executed.

America's secrets are mostly secret in America but are well known elsewhere. Hard to ask for another term if the voters know the level of incompetence of the administration currently in charge.
+1 # rf 2011-05-24 06:23
In particular, their balless justice dept.!
+14 # genierae 2011-05-23 07:11
The fate of heroes is often unjust. Bradley Manning will have his day in court, but will he get justice? The military operates under different rules, and I think that most civilians aren't aware of this. I have heard that when you join the military, you give up your rights, and become their property. I agree that he broke the law, but I also think that he was obeying a higher law, one that justified his actions. What good is living in a "free country" if that freedom is circumscribed by unjust laws? What law has the right to override the conscience? We live in a country that has been taken over by the military/indust rial complex and we watch as our rights are ignored or infringed upon. The opinion of the majority of Americans no longer matters to those in power, and the day may come, indeed may already be upon us, when we as citizens, must make the choice that Bradley Manning did, to put the common good above our own safety. His sacrifice must now be honored by a sustained effort to change the antiquated laws that imprison him.
+17 # granny 2011-05-23 08:41
It still befuddles - and infuriates - me. Little George and big Dick continue making hundreds of thousands of dollars speaking and bragging about their torture tactics, reaping the benefits of all their illegal and immoral deeds, smirking about their high crimes and misdemeanors against the US - and Obama says we should put it all behind us. Bradley Manning is accused of trying to help get out the word about these high crimes and misdemeanors, and he is imprisoned and tortured. What kind of sense does that make?
+12 # reiverpacific 2011-05-23 09:03
Another example of how governments -of whatever stamp they claim to be- lie and ignore the wishes of the voters once in power! This is no different from the shameful case of Leonard Peltier, now serving his second life term for the murder of two FBI agents after an illegal extradition from Canada, a showcase trial by a heavily biased judge and which manufactured evidence and coerced witnesses, has since been disproven and subsequently 'fessed up to by the true killer (and they were acting in self-defense of their people). In other words a revenge trial and sentence.
This example and other political prisoners hustled into long-term and even lethal sentences, after much abuse, persuades me that Mr. Manning will be treated less than fairly, especially if we fail in our duty to exercise any vigilance we ourselves need to keep on his case, especially in the era of the current Roberts-Ailito- Scalia-Thomas -dominated supreme judiciary, who have already shown their true colors and sympathies in favor of corporations being able to wield unlimited financial power in buying candidates, coverage and elections. And I'm tired of H. Clinton condemning other countries for repression and political jailings whilst this kind of thing is going on quite blatantly in the Fragmented States of America.
-And then there's the seemingly bottomless "Balck Budget".
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-23 11:55
During the Murder of Bin Landen, Pres OBama used verbage saying that information gotten from Wikileaks helped establish where BL was hiding. all of a sudden a traieter has helped the uS but still is traitor for putting information on computer. Information is put on computers daily if one knows where to go to read it. I personally do not care.
Whether this Gentleman is a Traitor or just another Fall Guy for Military to cover their ____ we know the answer and unless we stop writing and do something, these men will be harassed and imprisoned showing us to be as much at fault.
+8 # Barry De Jasu 2011-05-23 13:00
I just cannot believe the extent to which President Obama has taken the lack of transparency in government handed him by the Bush Administration and has decided to run with it. rather than supporting a greater transparency in government Mr. Obama has expanded on it and made it even for whistle-blowers to call attention to misdeeds in our government and in the business world. Our leaders have been responsible for an illegal war with hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths, an economic world and nation meltdown as well as energy industry disasters past, present and future. How cannot it not be important to bring great transparency to those in power in government and in industry?
+2 # rf 2011-05-24 06:25
Obama is a Republican! or haven't you noticed!
+2 # LuckyBill 2011-05-25 07:55
What I want to know is how "the press" as in: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging freedom of the press", has been twisted to mean "journalism"? Back in the day of the founding fathers, the press was just that, a printing press, and they realized to control the government, it as vital for ANYONE to be able to PRINT ANYTHING!!! No press card required. Let's think about original intent.
+3 # LuckJohn 2011-05-25 08:12
I'm astonished at the degree everyone seems to have bought in to the idea that "journalism" is required for 2nd amendment protection to kick in. "Congress shall make no law ... abridging freedom of the press.." Back in the day "the press" was literally anybody with a printing press (read the ability to disseminate information). The founding fathers were painfully aware that this was part of freedom of speech, and REQUIRED to control government, which will inevitably abuse any/all power it has to control the people. The constitution does not contain either the words "news" "reporter" or "journalism". It does, however, grant total freedom to make your pamphlets public and to post video of death raining from the sky as in Collateral Murder.
+1 # S. Wolf Britain 2011-05-25 22:14
Please correct to say 1st Amendment, not 2nd Amendment.

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