| ||While Manning faces a life in prison, just last month Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, the leader of a military squad that admitted to the systematic slaughter of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005, reached a plea deal that will ensure that he faces no prison time. All of those involved in that massacre will now be free. The brutal treatment of Manning is aimed at forcing him into a plea that will help the government's case against WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who is currently in Britain.
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