"The Department of Defense takes the management of classified information very seriously because it affects our national security, the lives of our soldiers, and our operations abroad."
Then Defense Secretary Robert Gates lied. He called the leak "potentially dramatic and grievously harmful....The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners"."
Unmentioned were multiple US imperial wars, lawless occupations, exploitation of people and resources, crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide, as well as millions of noncombatant civilians killed, injured, or otherwise harmed.
Whistleblowers like Manning deserve praise, not prosecution. They're heroes. They're America's finest. They risk great personal harm to expose vital truths everyone needs to know.
Exposing crimes or intent to commit them deserves highest praise. America equates it with treason, subversion, or terrorism.
Manning faces 22 counts under America's Espionage Act. He's also accountable under Articles 92 and 124 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). They include aiding the enemy. It's a potential capital offense.
Prosecutors said they won't seek the death penalty. Manning could face life in prison. Possibly it would be without parole. He and Julian Assange received Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
On February 1, 2012, the Movement of the Icelandic Parliament (MIP) nominated Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. They felt compelled to recognize his important contribution to world peace.
MIP's letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in part said:
"We have the great honor of nominating (Manning) for the 2012 (award)."
He stands accused of leaking documents revealing "a long history of corruption, war crimes and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings."
The evidence "should never have been kept from public scrutiny." They document crimes of war and against humanity."- Advertisement -
"Citizens worldwide" are indebted "to the WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues, and so I urge the Committee to award this prestigious prize to accused whistleblower Bradley Manning" for displaying the highest form of courage at great personal risk.
On October 2, Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, moved to have all charges dropped without prejudice. He cited constitutional and Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) violations.