Bradley Manning Seeks Plea Deal
Expect Pentagon to show him little leniency.
by Stephen Lendman
Plea bargains are sought or accepted for lesser sentences on charges faced. Innocent victims take them if offered. They know potentially what they face against hardball prosecutors wanting blood.
If convicted on all or most serious charges, Manning faces potential life in prison. In America, innocence is no defense. Thousands languish unjustifiably in gulag hell. US prisons are some of the worst.
Manning's lawyer, David Coombs notified the military court that he'll plead guilty to some charges. It's more a partial plea deal than a traditional one. More on that below.
The Bradley Manning Support Network ( BMSN) asks, "When did exposing truth become a crime in America?" It's criminalized when government rogues want uncomfortable truths kept secret.
Manning is an American hero. He's a courageous Army intelligence analyst turned whistleblower. Harry Truman once said:
"When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril."
The National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) is an alliance of whistleblowers. Sibel Edmonds founded it in August 2004. It's independent and nonpartisan. She serves as president.
Its members include "current or former federal employees or civilians working under contract to the United States who, to their detriment or personal risk, bring to light fraud, waste, and abuse in government operations and agencies when such improprieties compromise the national security of the United States."
At perhaps the most perilous time in world history, exposing vital truths takes on greater importance than ever. A legion of Bradley Mannings is needed.
Exposing government criminality involves great risk. Failure to do so assures unaccountability and greater crimes. America is the world's leading rogue state. Criminals run it.
They're waging war on humanity. Human survival is at stake. Stopping them is top priority.
Manning exposed snippets of US criminality. Doing so harmed no one. It got him in trouble. In May 2010, he was arrested in Iraq on suspicion of passing on classified material to WikiLeaks. A Pentagon statement said:
"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."