Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bradley Manning sentence

Pfc. Bradley Manning has been sentenced today to 35 years for having released thousands of classified documents.

Although Manning admitted stealing files, the case against him seemed to rest on the premise that "we say you broke the law but the specific fallout is not up for very precise discussion."
"Trust us. This is national security, dontcha know."

And no doubt there will be those willing to trust the shrouded accusations and the vast over-classification of government documents.

I am not one of them.

PS. In related news, it turns out that British Prime Minister David Cameron was behind the nine-hour detention of a Guardian reporter's partner at Heathrow airport. The Americans admitted they knew about the detention of David Miranda, partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald, but claim they neither encouraged nor discouraged that detention. Greenwald has led the journalistic charge with the release of information provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has received asylum in Russia.

1 comment:

  1. I hear he now wants to become a woman! Hmm I'm not so sure? Did they put chemicals or estrogen into his food whilst he was in the lockup for years?
    Who know what they did to the poor man.