What will happen to Bradley Manning?

Posted on Jul 31, 2013

The awaited hearing will begin on Wednesday, and the famous leaker will find out exactly the amount of time he will spend in jail.  We do not know how long he will get, but one thing we do know is that Judge Col. Denise Lind acquitted him of the charge of aiding the enemy. However, this does not relieve him from serving life, he has 20 other charges that could potentially add up to 136 years in jail. The main question that the judge will have to answer in this trial is whether he is a whistle blower or a traitor.  After stealing classified information and leaking it to WikiLeaks, the military accused him of being a traitor and of putting many lives in danger by exposing classified information to potential terrorists. On the other hand, Manning argued that the public must know what the government was doing. Wikileaks also supported him by stating that this was “a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism.” So is this man a protector of free speech or simply a traitor? This is a question that must be answered by the judge, but many people already have their own response to this question. Civil Rights organizations and Glenn Greenwald (journalist who received intelligence leaks from Edward Snowden) have come out in support of Manning. They argue that it was his duty to protect the people of then United States from the bad actions of the Government. So is he a traitor or a hero? Only time will tell, and Judge Col. Denise Lind will surely make the best decision based on the evidence given.

 

 

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