Bradley Manning: Leaking the Truth is Treason

Bradley Manning, who leaked government information to the press, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison. The judgment essentially equates revealing government information, including governmental abuse, as treason.  This could set a legal precedent: letting people know what the government is really doing is worse than torturing and killing innocent civilians.  Ben Wizner of the ACLU said:

When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system. A legal system that doesn’t distinguish between leaks to the press in the public interest and treason against the nation will not only produce unjust results, but will deprive the public of critical information that is necessary for democratic accountability. This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.

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8 Responses to Bradley Manning: Leaking the Truth is Treason

  1. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    I don’t know if he should have done that or not. But treating someone who tells the truth worse than someone who kills and tortures is completely wrong. What happened to freedom of speech?

  2. Mr. Hiedler says:

    Stop the press! Freedom of the press is der Fluch der Menschen! Nicht die Wahrheit sagen! Sieg heil! Sieg heil!

  3. Tom T. Trucker says:

    Giving away American military secrets is treason! Brad should be waterboarded, hung, then shot.

  4. Pet Girl says:

    How is ratting on the government treason? What about freedom of the press?

  5. Miley Spears says:

    It’s not like he sold the information to an enemy government. He was a whistle blower not committing treason. We have the right to know what our government is doing.

  6. Rev. Bootie says:

    Just look at the guy. He looks so innocent you know he’s guilty.

  7. Just Ask Bob says:

    I think Leonard Maltin said it best. “Traveling to Texas with his son, trying to start a new life.” Which means, don’t trust anyone named Bradley.

  8. MJ Lover says:

    Freedom’s just another word
    for nothing left to lose.
    The only right that matters
    is drinking down your booze.

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