Manning and Snowden help us understand the lies and the liars who are the authors of our current troubles.
The rulers are afraid that we will find out what they've done and what they're doing.
They are even more frightened of what we'll do if we get the entire picture.
That's why the Obama administration and the entire apparatus of the national security state are together in the attempt to prosecute, jail, and disappear these two very important figures in our recent history. The prosecutions divert attention from the meaning of the information provided and offer a stark warning to others who chose to serve the people by telling us what we have a right to know.