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Intro: "How a lonely, five-foot-two, gender-questioning soldier became a WikiLeaks hero, a traitor to the US, and one of the most unusual revolutionaries in American history."

Pfc Bradley E. Manning. (photo: Bradley Manning Support Network)
Pfc Bradley E. Manning. (photo: Bradley Manning Support Network)

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+20 # Phlippinout 2011-07-04 20:29
When your country makes a war with its own people, including gays, one might not feel an alliance. I for example would feel fine leaking info against this machine that creates war with anyone it sees as "not acceptable". Why should i protect a country that treats me like an enemy
+20 # giraffee2012 2011-07-04 22:57
I think our military is no better than a fraternity of spoiled bigots. In 1957 as I prepared to go to UC Berkeley - my mom informed me I could not join the frat houses bc I was a Jew (I could join a Jewish one but had not been raised a Jew)

Now 50 some years later -- NOTHING has changed.

Watching Russian TV lately -- they will not make "a DEAL" with the USA about anything bc they don't trust us. They make fun of our "democracy" (Preaching it but not living it) and they laugh at our GOP holding off raising the debt ceiling - bc they know who in the USA will eat "sh.." and die (Not Congress/Baanks /Oil - and all those who steal from us and try to make us 3rd class citizens)

No matter what law Manning allegedly broke - he does not belong in HELL. Unbelievable.
+31 # John Talbutt 2011-07-04 23:19
Elected leaders who lied to get us into war are traitors. It is they and their apologist who want to persecute Bradley Manning.
+21 # angelfish 2011-07-05 00:20
Until they charge and indict dubya, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, the Bush Cabinet and the entire Blackwater and Halliburton Companies, as well as their related Criminal Compadres for their crimes against our Military, our Citizens, the civilian populations of Iraq, Afghanistan and other affected Countries, our Military, our Treasury, our People and our Country, they ought to leave Bradley Manning ALONE. He is a National Hero in comparison to THOSE Criminals!
+8 # soularddave 2011-07-05 05:46
"All men are created equal". If our leaders are above the law, everyone is. Some people go to great lengths to point this out, but that doesn't make them OUR enemies.

Lies must be revealed, as must be the TRUTHS. It's all just "information", but we must have it to make our own judgments.
+11 # genierae 2011-07-05 06:44
In this upside-down society sometimes jail is a place of honor. Bradley Manning joins the ranks of heroes such as John Brown and Daniel Ellsburgh, who dared to do the right thing.
+4 # 2011-07-05 06:46
He can be forgiven by virtue of having to live in Fort Drum in upstate New York, which is cold,dark,isola ted in winter. I lived there for 11 years-Never again.
+7 # MalikTous 2011-07-05 06:54
We have no declared war; I consider Bradley Manning basically blameless. The idiots whining about Wikileaks, and all the damn homophobes, are who I consider the traitors to the USA. Ban DADT and DOMA, prohibit censorship excepting parents' right to filter for minor children and tactical secrecy in time of war. The whole 'case' against Bradley Manning is a FRAUD!
+16 # fredboy 2011-07-05 07:23
Manning reminds us of a Churchill quote: The truth is incontrovertibl e. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.

Truth is a mirror. That's why it is so despised.
+7 # Wellington 2011-07-05 07:28
What Becomes Manning's future? Hanging on a rope?
Impaled by a spear?
Covered by hatred and prejudice?
I don't know ...
But so far not one is trying on judge him fairly and with respect...
And perhaps absolve him of the shameful accusations ...
His accusers are the ones who should be ashamed ...
The Empire should be feeling fear, the walls are crumbling ...
+15 # Kathleen Wright 2011-07-05 07:42
During World War II in Germany, a student organization called the White Rose did the same thing Bradley Manning has done - expose the lies and evildoings of its Nazi Government. Sophie Scholl, a young college student was beheaded along with her brother and a friend so that they would serve as "examples" to the German people of what becomes of such "traitors". Today Sophe is considered a national hero for her work. I believe the same will happen someday with Bradley. He is a hero. Our government is no better than the Nazis. I am ashamed to be a part of this evil empire.
-3 # Joeconserve 2011-07-06 11:00
It seems I used an unacceptable phrase when I suggested what to do as a result of your shame. Let me rephrase. Instead of saying, "then leave" let me suggest that you find a different place in the world that will relieve you of shame. How about Denmark, Norway or Sweden. Everything is legal in those countries. Well, in Demark you must notify the police if you move from one place to another. There might be other limitations but give them a try.

We remaining 330 million people who can move anywhere, say anything, work if you got the gumption, live at home with Mommy and Daddy if you don't have any gumption and a lot of other freedoms that are guarenteed by the Constitution. In these other countries you may not have to worry that form of government is not like ours which is based on a Judeo/Christian view of humanity. Oh, I should ask, "Have you ever read the Constitution? How about the Declaration of Independence?" Probably not.
+7 # NHpete 2011-07-05 09:31
"Assange generally cared more for principle than people, whom he considered either useful or not. 'I’m not so big on the nurture,' he admitted in a different context."

Hmmm.... "different context."???
Perhaps Mr. Assange was referring to the dead houseplant on his desk that he forgot to water...!

Either Mr. Fishman doesn't proof his writing or he really is a bad journalist.

In any event, the intent of this article is to assassinate Mr. Bradley's character and blur beyond recognition his motives as a whistle blower. What Fishman is missing are the consequences of Bradley's action. We got to see inside the very ugly world of modern warfare and the baseness of US political posturing on the international scene. Ugly, and for me downright embarassing
+5 # Foxtrottango 2011-07-05 12:09
Bradley Manning is a hero for all times. This one lone young man proved to the humanity and his country what valor is beyond the call of duty. He single handed brought the fear, hatred and scorn that the military and established the war machine harbors in secret. He exposed those whose guilt of treason beyond reasonable doubt. The GW Bush (who went deserted during the Vietnam War), Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and now Barack Obama whom didn't serve in the military but have ganged up on this young man and placed him in solitary confinement.

Justice is a mockery in the USA! They punished truth, but let those warmongers, draft dodging cowards and corrupted corporate criminal go free.
+3 # Glen 2011-07-05 17:26
I hate everybody.

Free the dude.
+1 # Uranus 2011-07-06 00:15
You're intended to be less sympathetic to Manning with this textbook smear tactic Defense uses on "seditionists." Another is weapons violations.

Next Manning will be sawing off gun barrels and converting rifles to full auto.

The Army doesn't care the public relations damage of holding Manning actually outweighs harm done by the soft secrets he blabbed. Don't forget, no credible witness has seen him since before December of last year.

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