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Bradley Manning Pleads Not Guilty To Aiding The Enemy

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded not guilty to aiding the enemy during a hearing Thursday morning in the WikiLeaks case.

FORT MEADE, Md. — The U.S. Army private accused of providing diplomatic cables and other secret documents to the WikiLeaks website pleaded guilty to misusing classified material on Thursday, but denied the most serious charge in the case, aiding the enemy.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, entered the pleas prior to his court martial, which is set to begin on June 3, in a case that centers on the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history.

He began testifying late Thursday morning.

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Wait...

Someone was able to define clearly who the enemy is? Does this mean we are no longer fighting a concept? Right, of course not...

who is the enemy? ..

For the governing authorities and those who they serve, the enemy is the US public. (If the public could throw off the relentless thought control and see reality, they would wrest back control of the nation.)

He aided the US public in understanding the reality of what was going on. And for that, he is being punished.

people are split about 50/50 on this

based on my observations of comments on various websites. It seems people don't realize the difference in confidential materials at are protecting sensitive information that if released could pose a threat to our country and revealing evidence of war crimes.

Could

you please elaborate ?

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

I was just looking at

I was just looking at comments on articles about this on different MSM websites and people seem to be split on this issue. half believe this guys is a traitor and should be locked up and other half see it as this guy was just exposing the truth that people have a right to know...
I was assuming that 80% would see this guy as a hero but was discouraged to see its only about 50%

We Are All Bradley Manning

We Are All Bradley Manning.

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We need to stand up for Bradley

1 million man march to free him?

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When Ellsburg leaked the

When Ellsburg leaked the Pentagon Papers, the Court allowed the papers to print it. As far as I know, he didn't serve jail time for the leak (maybe he did but I don't know about it if so). It seems the courts and the government has clamped down since Vietnam.

Edit: Looked it up. All of his charges were dropped because of a mistrial. See below:

On June 28, 1971, two days before a Supreme Court ruling saying that a federal judge had ruled incorrectly about the right of the New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers,[6] Ellsberg publicly surrendered to the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts in Boston. In admitting to giving the documents to the press, Ellsberg said:

I felt that as an American citizen, as a responsible citizen, I could no longer cooperate in concealing this information from the American public. I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision.[6]

He and Russo faced charges under the Espionage Act of 1917 and other charges including theft and conspiracy, carrying a total maximum sentence of 115 years. Their trial commenced in Los Angeles on January 3, 1973, presided over by U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne, Jr.

On April 26, the break-in of Fielding's office was revealed to the court in a memo to Judge Byrne, who then ordered it to be shared with the defense.[22][23]

On May 9, further evidence of illegal wiretapping against Ellsberg was revealed in court. The FBI had recorded numerous conversations between Morton Halperin and Ellsberg without a court order, and furthermore the prosecution had failed to share this evidence with the defense.[24] During the trial, Byrne also revealed that he personally met twice with John Ehrlichman, who offered him directorship of the FBI. Byrne said he refused to consider the offer while the Ellsberg case was pending, though he was criticized for even agreeing to meet with Ehrlichman during the case.[23]

Due to the gross governmental misconduct and illegal evidence gathering, and the defense by Leonard Boudin and Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson, Judge Byrne dismissed all charges against Ellsberg and Russo on May 11, 1973 after the government claimed it had lost records of wiretapping against Ellsberg. Byrne ruled: "The totality of the circumstances of this case which I have only briefly sketched offend a sense of justice. The bizarre events have incurably infected the prosecution of this case."[23]

As a result of the revelation of the Fielding break-in during the trial, John Ehrlichman, H R Haldeman, Richard Kleindienst and John Dean were forced out of office on April 30, and all would later be convicted of crimes related to the Watergate scandal. Egil Krogh later pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and White House counsel Charles Colson pleaded no contest for obstruction of justice in the burglary. "The court concluded that Nixon, Mitchell, and Haldeman had violated the Halperins' Fourth Amendment rights, but not the terms of Title III. The Halperins were awarded $1 in nominal damages in August 1977."[25][26]

Ellsberg later claimed that after his trial ended, Watergate prosecutor William H. Merrill informed him of an aborted plot by Liddy and the "plumbers" to have 12 Cuban-Americans who had previously worked for the CIA to "totally incapacitate" Ellsberg as he appeared at a public rally, though it is unclear whether that meant to assassinate Ellsberg or merely to hospitalize him.[27][28] In his autobiography, Liddy describes an "Ellsberg neutralization proposal" originating from Howard Hunt, which involved drugging Ellsberg with LSD, by dissolving it in his soup, at a fund-raising dinner in Washington in order to "have Ellsberg incoherent by the time he was to speak" and thus "make him appear a near burnt-out drug case" and "discredit him". The plot involved waiters from the Miami Cuban community. According to Liddy, when the plan was finally approved, "there was no longer enough lead time to get the Cuban waiters up from their Miami hotels and into place in the Washington Hotel where the dinner was to take place" and the plan was "put into abeyance pending another opportunity".[29]

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After months and months of subliminal torture...

this GREAT American PATRIOT has stood TALL and defined for us what he actually did.

Does this "misuse of material" warrant his extended confinement and cruel, unusual punishment?

NO!

How did he aid the enemy unless, of course, the enemy is US!

Define just what enemy he helped, ucmj, then we will all know the truth!

He just exposed the amerikan neocons as nazis and, in so doing, he helped us! Are we the enemy?

All of the information he "misused" was old news and played no part in anything other than to show how amerikans were now nazis and mossads.

FREE Bradley Manning! Our patience grows thin.

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Trying to make an example of

Trying to make an example of Manning the same tried to make an example of aaron swartz

A" democracy" (republic) if you cooperate, a tyranny if you dont....

Writtings on the wall, the Idiots have lost and they dont even realise it.......to many people disatisfied, to put it mildly, number will only go up, and once that thresholds passed...heaven help us

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Lovely snippet from article:

'Under a ruling last month by Lind, Manning would have any sentence reduced by 112 days to compensate for the markedly harsh treatment he received during his confinement. While at Quantico, Manning was placed in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day with guards checking on him every few minutes.'

Checking on him every few minutes how?