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July 18, 2013

Bwa Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!

You go, girl!

The military judge in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning decided on Thursday not to drop a charge accusing Private Manning of “aiding the enemy.” If he is found guilty of the charge, he faces a possible life sentence in military custody with no chance of parole.

...The decision of the judge, Col. Denise Lind, centered on the prosecution’s evidence that some of the classified documents Private Manning admitted giving to WikiLeaks were posted on the Internet and later reached Osama bin Laden.

The judge heard a request from the defense on Monday to drop the charge. David E. Coombs, the lead defense lawyer, argued that Private Manning did not have “actual knowledge” that by leaking the documents to WikiLeaks he was aiding the enemy.

In the past, the government had argued that through his extensive training, Private Manning should have known that the information could end up with groups that wanted to harm American military personnel. But the government acknowledged Monday that “should have known” was not enough to define “actual knowledge.”

Aye Chihuahua. What kind of moron thinks none of our enemies pay attention to the news?

Posted by Cassandra at July 18, 2013 08:09 AM

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Why, he never dreamed! Or maybe he wasn't clear on who the "enemy" was.

Posted by: Texan99 at July 18, 2013 11:47 AM

"aiding the enemy"

Isn't that treason? Isn't treason one of the two crimes actually mentioned in the Constitution? Seems to me that there was a pretty severe punishment for that, too.....
Poor little Bradley. This isn't going well for him at all, is it?

Posted by: DL Sly at July 18, 2013 11:58 AM

"Your honor, be reasonable. Our client is a moron."

Posted by: Grim at July 18, 2013 12:54 PM

OMG - that wins comment of the day, Grim :p

Posted by: Cass at July 18, 2013 12:55 PM

Not to be too contrary, but I greatly suspect this kid's initial motivation(s) probably did not include any specific desire to 'aid the enemy.'

That he's stupendously foolish, selfish, shallow and dishonest (it's a given that he violated a direct written promise to not disclose classified information) is sadly quite obvious.

I'm not much excited about a treason charge and/or conviction; the constitutional burden of proof is pretty steep . . . and in any case the espionage and/or unauthorized disclosure counts (a gazillion counts?) ought to be enough to lock him in a hole forever. Seriously believe he will be much more useful as a deterrent when he's a broken old man still stuck behind bars in 40 years.

Best Regards,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at July 18, 2013 10:23 PM

I'm not sure the proof is all that steep considering we are currently at war with every monkey-sh!t, flinging jihadist out there. Last time I checked, aiding the enemy in a time of war was a clear cut case of treason.
Let his example to others be hanging in the gallow until dead. Worked for pirates in the Caribbean -- although, the British Crown left them hanging until they literally fell off the rope. Not sure we could get away with that these days.
Mores the shame, I s'pose.

Posted by: DL Sly at July 19, 2013 12:12 PM

It seems there is a bit more to the "aiding the enemy" charge than first blush indicated.
Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm....

Posted by: DL Sly at July 20, 2013 02:15 PM