Bradley Manning is declared 'Not Guilty' on the most serious charge: "Aiding the Enemy", found guilty of other charges...
He'll spend significant time (decades) in prison, but, in a rebuke to military prosecutors, a judge finds U.S. Army Pfc Bradley Manning NOT guilty of aiding the enemy in his leak of hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. Still, Manning was found guilty on numerous other charges.
So what potential implications does this verdict hold for Ed Snowden?
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 1:08am
None... because Mr. Snowden is not coming back to get arrested. However it may help allow other nations who sympathize with him, to open their doors since they can point to our government (Obama) being unreasonable when it comes to prosecuting whistle blowers. After all, this was a military judge; not a civilian. Such a verdict is unprecedented. How can you argue that Snowden did a worse crime when you have military judge acquit Manning from the same charge? Manning's leakage was much more damaging, so his acquittal makes it impossible to imprison Snowden for a crime with lesser damage..
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 3:59pm
I forget where, but someone did a comparative listing of all the punishments netted out by military courts, and it turns out that whistle-blowing on a corrupt, dysfunctional system which will damage U.S. credibility irreparably at some point in the future, is a far worse offense than random killing, brutality, killing your own officers, killing fellow soldiers, raping insubordinates, and taking justice into your own hand...
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