Saturday, December 17, 2011

Manning, Military, Assange, & WikiLeaks

Julian Assange is running WikiLeaks from England. He is fighting in the courts to stop his extradition to Sweden to face trial over rape allegations. He claims that an American financial embargo is starving him of revenue.

Meanwhile the young private first class American Bradley Manning that gave Assange the documents from which he published his "WikiLeaks" is now undergoing a military pre-trial to see if there's enough evidence to try him. You can read the story in the attached link below.

But first, let me share with you my thoughts:

1. Should Manning be charged? Yes, he broke military confidentiality rules as a minimum.

2. We know the army has indicated they will not pursue the death penalty.  Good move.  You don't kill someone because he embarrasses you.  But should Manning get life sentence, spending the rest of his natural life in prison?  I don't think so.  After-all, what did he really do but break a rule or two?  Let's get real here.  And whatever was leaked didn't turn the world upside down now, did it?  Two to five years should be more than sufficient.  I mean come on, even first time drunk drivers who end up 'murdering' innocent people don't get more on average.

3.  In my opinion the heads that should roll are the "big wigs" who didn't have a secure system that included security from "inter-Leaks" -- from their own internal people.   Or the other wigs who were embarrassed by what Manning leaked and Assange published.

4.  And for Assange, I think the American's should pin a hero's badge on him for drawing all the short-comings of the system to their attention.  If they don't, there's millions that are prepared to do so.

Bottom line, Americans are picking on an "ant hill" to turn into a mountain.  I'm sure they have bigger fish to focus on and to fry these days.  They can start with Ahmadinejad and perhaps they need to do a little something with Putin these days as well.   Come on boys, stop picking on the weak that embarrass you -- like Manning, like the U.S. border guards you've charged for doing their job and yours and won't even allow to see their families, and most recently the tough sheriff of Arizona who is making you look sick.   You're country is going to hell in a jihadist terrorist hand-basket and you can't even see it.  For Christmas, please ask Santa for a new pair of glasses.


World News: Prosecution begins in military WikiLeaks trial - thestar.com

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