The prosecution has rested in the sentencing case against Brad Manning, who will probably sit out the rest of his life in prison. Gratefully, the worst of the charges — aiding the enemy — was tossed by the judge but he still faces 90 years or more for leaking classified information.
And despite all the testimony about how the leaks put the rest of the worlds nose out of joint with the good old US of A, there is no evidence that anyone perished due to the material. The US got a black eye — it deserved one.
History shows us what happens to those who offer up information being kept from us, information that we are reluctant to accept. It ain’t always pretty. It’s an ethical failing on the part of humans, this business of “killing the messenger,” but there it is. We don’t want to look in the mirror and see warts — and those who “handle” us, manipulating to serve their own purposes, do everything they can to keep those warts covered and that reflection “doctored.”
It wasn’t Brad Manning’s brain that told him it would be a great idea to let fly with so much truth — he followed his heart and, I believe, his soul path. He’s a hero, and one that will undoubtedly pay a scapegoats price.
Uncomfortable truths, lest we forget them, below, and a link to Jimmy Carter’s comments on Eric Snowden, soundly ignored by MSM.
Top 10 Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World
Juan Cole, Informed Comment
02 August 13
Bradley Manning will be sentenced today, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage (despite the lack of evidence for intent to spy and the lack of evidence that his leaking ever did any real harm). Whatever one thinks of Manning’s actions, that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.
Manning revealed the Collateral Murder video of a helicopter attack in Iraq on mostly unarmed non-combatants (though some of those struck may have been armed), including two Reuters journalists, whose cameras were taken for weapons, and children. The army maintains that the video does not show wrongdoing, but the killing of unarmed journalists is a war crime, and the callousness of video gives an idea of what was going on in Iraq during the years of the US occupation. When the Bush administration asked the Iraqi parliament for permission to keep a base in the country, the parliamentarians said, absolutely not. The US military was forced to withdraw from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.
Manning revealed the full extent of the corruption of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidin Ben Ali, adding fuel to the youth protest movement of late 2010, which translated the relevant US cables into Arabic. Manning contributed to the outbreak of powerful youth movements demanding more democratic governance in the Arab world.
Manning revealed to the US and Yemeni publics the secret drone war that Washington was waging in that country. That the cables show then dictator Ali Abdallah Saleh acquiescing in the US strikes on his country probably played into the movement to remove him as president, which succeeded in early 2012.