Judge Accepts Language Of Bradley Manning’s Proposed Plea

ManningCol. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over Bradley Manning’s Wikileaks pre-trial, this morning accepted the language of the six charges to which Manning plans to plead guilty.

These pleas have not formally been accepted, but here’s a breakdown:

Under the proposal, Manning would admit to willfully sending the
following material: a battlefield video file, some classified memos,
more than 20 Iraq war logs, more than 20 Afghanistan war logs and other
classified materials. He would also plead guilty to wrongfully storing
classified information.

The government is still considering how to move forward on the 15 other charges against Manning, including aiding the enemy by revealing classified information.


  1. Sam says


    You do realize that aiding the enemy is tantamount to treason and could be punishable by death?

  2. Scott says

    Yeah, he really is no hero. The only possible item of consequence was the helicopter vid- which he’s supposed to have leaked. Everything else was simply diplomatic gossip but valuable intel. The leaks weren’t revealing cover-ups or crimes or human rights abuses- all they served to do was to embarrass the White House and cause diplomatic rifts with allies.

    Just because he’s gay- in fact, especially because he’s gay, the community should stop embracing and supporting him. He is a traitor. He is no whistleblower- what he leaked-again, save for the helicopter video- weren’t horrible crimes. He is an obviously troubled guy, and needs meds and counseling. And he should be punished accordingly.

    If anything, this whole fiasco reveals the problems within military intelligence, and th issues around allowing individuals with severe emotional/mental health issues clearance for dealing with high level intelligence reports.

  3. Locke says

    MLK spoke of civil disobedience: “One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty.”

    Whether or not Manning was justified in releasing the information he did, whether or not he is a hero, he should accept the punishment.

    MLK went on to say: “[A]n individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”

  4. General Patton says

    @Sam: There is not evidence whatsoever that anything Manning did “aided the enemy” in any way.

  5. cahbf says

    Yeah, I hardly think he served enough time lready or tht the government is being ridiculous. He admittely leaked war serets during a war and consciously violated the rules regarding state secrets. Ithinkit was treason and that he shuld serve life in prison. I do not think anyone should be kept in solitary confinement or tortured, however, which I suspect he was. I don’t really understand this blog’s ongoing implication that he is some kind of hero.

  6. Scapecanary says

    If Manning is guilty of leaking documents, then his superiors should be found guilty of having insufficient security safeguards in place to prevent a low-level security analyst from accessing and removing such allegedly ‘sensitive’ material in the first place.

    Manning is part scapegoat, part canary-in-a-coal mine alerting to HUGE security failings in the military.

  7. Locke says

    Again, whether is a scapegoat is irrelevant to the fact he admitted that he broke the law in leaking documents. Whether “enemies” used that information seems irrelevant. Had they been useful to enemies, had they resulted in the deaths of Americans, but still revealed actions by our military we should repute, would you feel the same way about any of this?

    He knew what he was doing. Why he did it or it’s impact after the fact is not important to whether he should be punished for doing it.

  8. mkandefer says

  9. Unlocke says

    Whether the information aided the enemy is hardly irrelevant. If the government is charging that he aided the enemy, then they have to establish that the information release did precisely that in some way.

    Also, government-coerced ‘admissions of guilt’ don’t really mean that much to me. Manning has already been held far longer than his wrongdoing warrants, under conditions that have been characterized as ‘torture’ by international human rights organizations.

    He should be freed immediately.

  10. Quest says

    Unlocke: You are delusional…Manning is going to stay in prison until he is an old man. He is not getting out anytime soon. He is a traitor and will most assuredly get life imprisonment! Yes, he obviously had serious psycho-sexual issues…it seems as if he is infact a transsexual woman…but nontheless he will grow old in prison…Why did a guy who despised military life join in the first place? He should have just quit…This afterall was during DADT, all he had to do was inform his superiors that he was a homosexual and he would have gotten his walking papers and could have gone on to live the life he desired. Instead he decides that he was going to get back at the military by leaking sensitive documents. I really have no sympathy for the guy…

  11. Locke says

    No to prove “aiding the enemy” under UCMJ 104, you just have to show that the accused gave information to the enemy with the intent to aid them, not that it actually did aid them. The relevant section reads:

    “…gives intelligence to or communicates or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with the enemy, either directly or indirectly…”

    Chance are that charge will get dropped. It’s one of many he faces. And I’m not sure under what circumstances you think he’s been held too long for when he hasn’t even been convicted yet. It’s hard to say he’s been held too long if you don’t know yet what he will be convicted of. Considering the “aiding the enemy” charge is punishable by death, I would say having only spent 2 years in jail so far is hardly “far longer than his wrongdoing warrants.” I’m glad you think you’re judge and jury on this, but you’re not. I doubt 2 years is sufficient for even just one of the other numerous charges he faces.

  12. llm says

    His motivations may be complicated, but they weren’t honorable or to serve a greater good. The list above is not comprehensive; its what he has agreed to plead guilty to. No doubt he is holding off on a plea re: the documents that, for example, revealed Afghan local sources, putting all of them at risk. The rules on classified information are clear and unambiguous, as is the training. He willfully broke them and committed a federal and UCMJ crime. Given the nature of what he leaked, it may indeed rise to treason. No amount of being damaged, no amount of hating the war, no amount of anything makes it okay for a security analyst who willfully accepted a high security clearnace to misuse it. He should remain in jail, potentially for life. Just because he is gay or was deeply unhappy…none of that matters or miigates. I support my gay bothers and sisters, but it is not a pass for illegal behavior that puts others at risk and compromises the United States. Using the fact that he is gay dishonors all the rest of us who serve honorably.

  13. LincolnLounger says

    Rot in hell, traitor Bradley Manning. I’m ashamed that so many are propping you up as some kind of “hero” or deserve special treatment because you happen to be gay.

  14. Michael says

    I have yet to see anyone provide any piece of leaked info that didn’t do anything but expose our country as lying to us.

  15. ratbastard says

    A sad story all around. I appreciate he’s had difficulties since childhood and it’s a shame he never received the kind of help and support he obviously needed. He’s still a young man but his life is forever changed for the worse. What he did was incredibly naive and stupid.