Saturday, March 2, 2013

Manning pleads guilty to some hacking charges, not to "aiding enemy"; BBC has short film on Manning


Bradley Manning has plead guilty to 10 of 22 charges against him, according to many media reports.  He is likely to be sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. His plea does not admit to aiding the enemy. 
  
Manning said that he believed that the American people need and have a right to know the “true cost of war”.
   
The UK Guardian story is here.
  
The Guardian offers a 19-minute short film “The Madness of Bradley Manning”, linked on the article.  The film discusses his same-sex relationship. (See my cf blog April 7, 2010 for the leaked film).
   
Manning was recycled in Army basic but the Army needed computer specialists in Iraq.  Manning felt that the “powers that be” were so self-serving that “we were doomed” if this wasn’t exposed.  He was particularly enraged at the targeting of people.  He was considered unfit to carry a weapon well before he was arrested.  He was also upset when he returned home on leave about being rejected by his partner and others.  Manning was disciplined for another incident (striking a female soldier) and discharged, and then turned in by a civilian hacker.  

No comments: