John M. Becker

Bradley Manning Verdict [Open Thread]

Filed By John M. Becker | July 30, 2013 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: aiding the enemy, Bradley Manning, military court, open thread

bradley_manning.jpgThis afternoon, an Army judge in Fort Meade, Maryland acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning -- the military intelligence analyst responsible for what's believed to be the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history -- of the charge of aiding the enemy. However, Army Col. Denise Lind found Manning guilty of nineteen other charges, including five counts of espionage.

Manning will be sentenced tomorrow at 9:30a.m. Even without the aiding the enemy charge, he faces up to 128 years in prison. Prosecutors are expected to push for the maximum sentence.

In 2009 and 2010, Manning turned over 700,000 documents that were subsequently published by the website WikiLeaks, including battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan and secret U.S. State Department cables.

Whether Manning is a whistleblower or a traitor remains the subject of intense debate in this country. Do you view Manning as a hero or a villain? Do you agree with today's verdict? How much time do you think Manning should serve in prison, if any?

Sound off in the comments section.

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