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Wikileaks Soldier Bradley Manning Hit with 22 Charges, Could Face Death Penalty Over 'Aiding the Enemy'

A seven-month investigation has led U.S. officials to file 22 new charges against Private Bradley Manning accused of downloading thousands of classified documents released by Wikleaks, NBC News reports:

Manning The charges filed Wednesday include 16 specifications of wrongfully obtaining classified material for the purpose of posting it on the Internet, knowing that the information would be accessed by the enemy.  Other charges include the illegal transmission of defense information and fraud.

While conviction on the charge of "aiding the enemy" could result in the death penalty, military prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on that charge alone.  But the presiding military judge would have the authority to dismiss the prosecution's recommendation and impose the death penalty.

Like the earlier charges, the charges made no specific mention of WikiLeaks.

Officials have not been able to connect Manning with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Manning's previous charges included "illegally downloading and transferring defense information to an 'unauthorized source.'"

In recent months there has been concern for Manning's health and the "needless brutality" of his solitary confinement, and accusations of torture.

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  1. Some consider him a hero, some consider him a traitor...

    All should consider him innocent until proven guilty.

    Posted by: rodca | Mar 2, 2011 7:10:20 PM

  2. I wish we could get him out and to a (relatively speaking) safer country. It is truely sad the way we treat our own citizens here.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Mar 2, 2011 8:04:46 PM

  3. Well, frankly, traitors deserve the death penalty. Period.

    Posted by: Brent | Mar 2, 2011 8:11:00 PM

  4. Treason is the only crime really mentioned in the U.S. Constitution:

    Art. III, Sec. 3:
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

    All of those ragging on the U.S. for the possibility of a potential death penalty against Bradley had better reread the Constitution.

    Treason = providing aid to enemies of the United States. It's not a large leap of logic to conclude that dissemination of millions of pages of classified information to an organization hostile to the U.S. is "providing aid."

    He is, of course, innocent until guilty. It will be interesting to see what happens.

    Posted by: jay_max | Mar 2, 2011 8:48:51 PM

  5. Some things in life just make me want to cry.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 2, 2011 11:18:41 PM

  6. Which enemy?

    Posted by: anon | Mar 3, 2011 1:26:32 AM

  7. Internationalist Queer = FAIL

    Or Troll?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 3, 2011 2:59:41 AM

  8. There's a simple reason there's so much disparity of views here: he didn't release anything of particular importance. He wasn't able to access truly important information. He kind of just seems like a buffoon.

    If the government does evil, yes it should be exposed. But nothing he revealed was news to anyone with any knowledge of international affairs. It was available to hundreds of thousands of people with low security clearances. So no, he should not be killed. He just seems kind of dumb. He wanted to be more malicious but didn't have the power or access to do so. This was not the Pentagon Papers.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 3, 2011 5:10:15 AM

  9. The government is determined to torture and execute this guy for what he did, and they won't stop until he's dead. It's all about them.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 3, 2011 8:52:33 AM

  10. Plame was not outed by Cheney. She was not in. Her status was revealed by Robert Novak. But she was not even a spy, did not have a cover. Libby was framed by the prosecutor, who knew before he started the witch hunt that Novak had revealed the name. he just wanted to see if he could entrap anyone that thought Cheney had done it.

    Manning is a fool, and if he thinks he is a hero, he will have that to comfort him. So he is angry at the US? You don't betray your countryover a fit of pique.

    Posted by: ted | Mar 3, 2011 4:45:30 PM

  11. Internationalist Queer: WTF? Post a link man.

    Posted by: ted | Mar 3, 2011 4:48:42 PM

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