"'His plea was so moving,' Ratner said. 'Someday maybe people will read it and begin to understand what it means to act on your conscience.'"
Oh and here's John Judis, who describes the Manning trial as a show trial and says he's been punished enough for the guilt he accepts:
"The trial itself should never have taken place. The military should have accepted Manning's admission of guilt last February. In my opinion, he had already served long enough, and suffered sufficiently under brutal conditions, to pay for violating his trust as a soldier in military intelligence. But the military might still have exacted a few more years of confinement in a plea bargain. Instead, they sought to stage a show trial. The case they made that Manning had aided the enemy -- replete with doctored quotations from emails -- would have made Roger Ailes blush. But perhaps they knew what they were doing all along. By focusing attention on the truly horrific charge, they convinced the judge to support a charge that was merely god awful."
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