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Billy
21st April 2011, 09:10
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/02/bradley-manning-charges-aiding-enemy

us Army says it will charge Bradley Manning with 'aiding the enemy' and 21 other offences for leaking classified document
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Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified reports to WikiLeaks
Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. Photograph: AP

The US Army has announced it is to charge Private Bradley Manning with "aiding the enemy" – which can carry the death penalty – and 21 further offences of illegally disclosing classified information, after an investigation lasting seven months.

The 22 new charges are in addition to the 12 counts of leaking classified information and computer fraud that Manning already faces over material said to be related to the WikiLeaks disclosures – and for which he has been held in military custody since May last year.

The army's charge sheet states that Manning did "knowingly give intelligence to the enemy, through indirect means," in violation of article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, known as "aiding the enemy".

The offence can carry the death penalty as a maximum sentence. The prosecution has told Manning's lawyers that it will not recommend capital punishment, although the presiding military judge has the authority to override the prosecution's recommendation and impose a death penalty.

The latest charge sheet does not mention WikiLeaks at any point, and the prosecution's use of the phrase "through indirect means" may suggest that WikiLeaks is not being targeted.

The other new charges include wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet knowing it will be accessed by the enemy, five counts of thefts of public property or records, eight counts of transmitting national defense information to someone not entitled to receive it – violating the Espionage Act, two counts of computer fraud, and five counts of breaking US Army computer security rules.

The Army's prosecution team said in a statement that if Manning were convicted of all charges, he would face life in prison, as well as reduction in rank to the lowest enlisted grade, a dishonorable discharge and loss of all pay and benefits.

"The new charges more accurately reflect the broad scope of the crimes that Private First Class Manning is accused of committing," said Captain John Haberland, a legal spokesman for the military district of Washington.

David Coombs, Mannings lawyer, noted in an online post that "aiding the enemy" was the most significant of the new offenses, in which "enemy" is defined as including "any other hostile body that our forces may be opposing".

According to NBC News – which first reported the new charges against Manning – Pentagon and military officials say some of the classified information released by WikiLeaks contained the names of informants and others who had cooperated with the US military in Afghanistan, endangering their lives.

According to the officials, the US military attempted to contact many of those named and take them into US bases for their own protection. Military officials told NBC News that a small number of them have still have not been found, with one official quoted as saying: "We didn't get them all."

Manning is being held in the Marine Corps's Quantico jail, waiting for the results of a medical evaluation of his mental fitness to stand trial. The army said he was informed of the new changes on Wednesday.

Because Manning has dual US/UK nationality – by virtue of his mother being a British citizen – the possibility of capital punishment raises the issue of intervention by the British government.

"That Bradley Manning has now been charged with a capital offence means the British government now has the 'special humanitarian reason' it requires in order to make formal representations to the US about the treatment he is receiving," said Naomi Colvin of the UK Friends Of Bradley Manning.

"Both Amnesty International and the UN Special Rapporteur have made their concerns known so it is high time the UK offered Bradley Manning the consular support he is entitled to."

Davidallany
21st April 2011, 09:16
aiding the enemy
It's tragic how bringing truth to public is considered as aiding the enemy. I think that the enemy in this case is the public.

astrid
21st April 2011, 09:21
Well actually, the enemy by their definition here is the Truth

Anchor
21st April 2011, 10:59
Is the US officially at war? Is there an enemy that can be named?

andrewgreen
21st April 2011, 14:13
Aid the enemy, lets hope he gets good lawyers who can argue the enemy is actually the corrupt government. Could open a who can of worms.

king anthony
21st April 2011, 16:23
I say, is this (posted example) not because the masses allow it to be so – for who is worse, the “few” that condemn the truth or the “many” that allow it to happen!?

Billy
21st April 2011, 19:20
aiding the enemy
It's tragic how bringing truth to public is considered as aiding the enemy. I think that the enemy in this case is the public.

You are correct David, Bradley helped bring to light the killing of 60000 innocent civilians in an illegal war. If those civilians are the enemy of the Elite then we as civilians of mother earth are all the enemy in the eyes of the Elite. Bradley may have also saved the lives of many more innocent civilians. In my opinion they should take away the Noble Peace Prize from Obama and give it to Bradley.

bearcow
21st April 2011, 22:47
say a prayer for him, he needs it

Billy
23rd April 2011, 14:59
Well actually, the enemy by their definition here is the Truth

Well said astrid, The Elite fear the truth therefore truth is their enemy

T Smith
23rd April 2011, 16:43
It's not only the truth. The people are also the enemy. We are all the enemy -- we are all "the terrorists." But to be specific, the people armed with the truth are the enemy.

jackovesk
23rd April 2011, 17:02
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6_1Pw1xm9U

Billy
23rd April 2011, 17:17
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe-ab8q2-O4&feature=channel_video_title

UK friends of Bradley Manning Link
http://blog.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

jorr lundstrom
23rd April 2011, 17:30
This reminds me of an old story about the taoist master Lie Tzu. The emperor of China

had appointed Lie Tzu to be his minister of justice, becaus he concidered him to be a wise man.

In his first day in court he was to judge in a case were a thief had broken into a rich mans house

and stolen all the valuable items. He gave them, the thief and the house owner two years each.

When the emperor heard this he became very disturbed and called Lie Tzu to his palace.

He then asked Lie Tzu why he had convicted the house owner and Lie Tzu answered that if

the house owner hadnt collected all this valuable things there hadnt been any thief.

Lie Tzu lost his appointment because the emperor realized that one day this man would send

even the emperor to prison.:playball:

Dennis Leahy
23rd April 2011, 18:01
I say, is this (posted example) not because the masses allow it to be so – for who is worse, the “few” that condemn the truth or the “many” that allow it to happen!?

In a way, you're correct, of course. A significant number of the citizens of the United States have not banded together, enough (yet) to create the tipping point.

In another way, the US military has been placed multiple layers away from influence by the US citizens. The US military has their own "justice system" and soldiers are (according to them) not afforded the same judicial 'luxuries' as non-military citizens.

(Relatively) low-level protests do very little for Bradley Manning. The US military has no plan to change its ways internally, and there is no official cry to do so by US legislators. Individual citizens can basically get as far as speaking with a public relations officer at Quantico (http://aworldbeyondborders.com/guest/bradley-manning-in-quantico-public-affairs-officer-villiard-by-dennis-leahy12-23-2010/), but the net result will be nothing really helping Bradley Manning.

Helping Bradley Manning will require a MAJOR change in US military policy, and will probably only happen within a major tidal wave of protest/strike that stops the US military machine by cutting off funding.

Dennis

Dennis Leahy
23rd April 2011, 22:51
http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/04/22/obama-on-manning-he-broke-the-law-so-much-for-that-trial/
Article on FireDogLake: Obama on Manning: “He Broke the Law.” So Much for that Trial?

blurb: "President Barack Obama made stunning accusations about accused Wikileaks whistleblower PFC Bradley Manning, directly asserting that Manning “broke the law.” Apparently the President of the United States of America and a self-described Constitutional scholar does not care that Manning has yet to be tried or convicted for any crime.

In a discussion yesterday with Logan Price, a Bradley Manning supporter who was part of a group of activists who sang a song during the President’s San Francisco fundraiser, President Obama flatly stated that Bradley Manning “dumped” documents and that “he broke the law.”"

Billy
24th April 2011, 11:58
Interview with Director of " Incident in New Baghdad " James Spione.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhBE0MB7gkI&feature

king anthony
25th April 2011, 14:52
In a way, you're correct, of course. A significant number of the citizens of the United States have not banded together, enough (yet) to create the tipping point.

In another way, the US military has been placed multiple layers away from influence by the US citizens. The US military has their own "justice system" and soldiers are (according to them) not afforded the same judicial 'luxuries' as non-military citizens.

I say, is it not different because “people” make it so; regardless if civilian or military – do not “people” make up either!? Military or not, “people” give authority to “others” voluntarily and can take it back just the same. This is the power of “words”, which should and can reflect the will of each and many.