Private Bradley Manning, the accused in the passing of classified documents to Wikileaks, will likely face court martial and possible life in prison for "aiding the enemy"!
And rightfully so, as the final decision to have the trial now moves up the chain of command.
I first wrote about this case back in December of 2010 in conjunction with the attempt by Berkeley, California to officially bestow the title of hero.
At that time I had a debate on Russia Today against Medea Benjamin of CodePink who was of course a staunch supporter of what Manning had done.
"...Note to Berkeley aka Berzerkeley aka The People's Republic of Berkeley aka Athens of the West - America, love it or leave it
Today, on the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, how apropos that the City Council of Berkeley, California announced it will soon be voting on a resolution that would elevate the status of Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of leaking confidential information to Julian Assange and Wikileaks, to that of hero. In addition, it would also call for his release from the brig at Quantico.
This would be the Berkeley version of an eventual trial for treason and a likely demotion to traitor.
Said Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner Bob Meola (you read that right), "If he did what he's accused of doing, he's a patriot and should get a medal. I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle-blowers..."Well Manning is not getting the medal Bob Meola thought that he should get and today one can only assume that the Peace and Justice Commission of Berkeley is having a bad day!
And rightfully so!
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