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Bradley Manning Did Not Hurt the United States

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In his sentencing hearing yesterday, Bradley Manning took the stand and apologized for the "hurt" he inflicted on the United States.While the legal strategy of Manning’s attorney at this point—as it would be forany attorney—is to convince the judge to reduce Manning's sentence as much as possible, the public should know: Bradley Manning didn't actually hurt the United States.
For years now, the government may have attempted to paint a dire picture of WikiLeaks’ potential impact, but they’ve also admitted, quietly but repeatedly, that the results have been more embarrassing than harmful.
Even when the WikiLeaks hysteria was in full swing, government officials from the State Department have briefed Congress on the impact of the Wikileaks revelations, and have said that the leaks were "embarrassing but not damaging." U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that, while some of the information may have been embarrassing, “I don’t think there is any substantive damage.”
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has admitted the leaks caused no serious damage, telling Congress that the reactions to the leaks were "significantly overwrought." He went on to say: “Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest.’’
At the same time, Reuters reported that other officials were admitting in private that they were exaggerating the damage that resulted from the leaks in order to bolster the legal efforts against WikiLeaks and Manning.


Read more @: https://pressfreedomfoundation.org/blog/2013/08/bradley-manning-did-not-hurt-united-states

In reality the Bradly Manning leaks did no damage to the US government. All it did was embarrass the government and it revealed several war crimes and hwo our government functions in normal life and some more corrupt arrogant ways as well.
 

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Of course he didn't. Nor did Snowden. They embarrassed the leadership, but then that's what happens when you misbehave and get caught.
 

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Not breaking the law when you report on wrong doing. The NSA is breaking a bigger law!!!
 

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A soldier is obliged to not follow unlawful orders. Reporting wrong doing, which is what whistle blowers do is sometimes technically breaking the law, but then Obama promised increased protection for whistle blowers yet has prosecuted more than any president.
 

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A soldier is obliged to not follow unlawful orders. Reporting wrong doing,

Through the chain of command. One's welcome to go all the way to the President, as long as one visits each commanding officer in proper order. Each time a commander does not satisfy ones concern, one is authorized to go up to the next. There is no reason to break chain of command or go to outside sources, unless one is just looking for personal attention.

I guess his 15 minutes of fame was worth it.
 
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Attention! That's it. All the whistleblowers Obama has prosecuted we're looking for attention, we all know that.
 

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Through the chain of command.

Which achieves what exactly? Keeping things in house = 'keeping things hush-hush' and equates out to *zero* national debate/focus. Yeah, excellent protocol for whisteblowing in a democracy. But, there again, there are people that LOVE to walk around blind to what's going on in their country.
 

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Which achieves what exactly? Keeping things in house = 'keeping things hush-hush' and equates out to *zero* national debate/focus.

You don't know that, unless you have a crystal ball. His running it up the chain of command could have resulted in a review of procedures that was publically announced. But we'll never know because he chose, instead, to break the law in a pathetic display of attention whoring.
 

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You don't know that, unless you have a crystal ball. His running it up the chain of command could have resulted in a review of procedures that was publically announced.
Sure, that's what would have happened.
 

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It has happened many times, why not?


The video of a helicopter crew killing a dozen or more innocent people including two Reuters people would never have seen the light of day.
 

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The video of a helicopter crew killing a dozen or more innocent people including two Reuters people would never have seen the light of day.

Who cares? It was legit fire.
 

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Typical warmongers response.
 

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There's a Bradley Manning movement? What's the idea... everyone tries to go to prison for the rest of their lives?

Anti secrecy, more transparency, better journalism.
 

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By "better journalism" do you mean like PressTV?
No

What's the name of the movement?

I dont know. An anti-secrecy movement. A movement that wnats to hold government accountable. A movement that views that more transparency is a good thing for a democracy.
 

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I dont know. An anti-secrecy movement. A movement that wnats to hold government accountable. A movement that views that more transparency is a good thing for a democracy.

Should we invent a name?

I say we call it "Morons to Prison" - MTP for short.
 
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