Dear Secretary of State, "It is Laudable to Expose Wrongdoings and Misdeeds"
By Kevin Stoda, an American with more international experience than Ms. Clinton
Some 9 years ago--just weeks after the September 11, 2001 hijackings and bombings--I took and passed the written portion of the Foreign Service exam for the USA. Luckily, at that time, I was not permitted to pass the final stages of the foreign service selection process the following Spring 2002.
I say "Luckily" because I would probably have been arrested for being a good and patriotic American, like Bradley Manning.
"Bradley Manning is[was] a 23-year-old U.S. Army private who was working in Iraq as an army intelligence analyst when he was arrested in May this year. He was enlisted in the US Army in 2007. Half-British and half-American, he was born in a small town in Oklahoma. His parents divorced in 2001 and he went back to the UK with his mother where he attended secondary school in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire."
Bradley Manning, "was arrested in May on suspicion of leaking footages of a US helicopter attack which killed two Reuters cameramen among others. Spotlight turned on him after WikiLeaks released the Afghan war documents in July. The Pentagon has also declared him as a "person of interest" in its hunt for the sources of the leaks."
"Manning has been charged with "transferring classified data' and "delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source.' He is now awaiting court martial and could be awarded a maximum sentence of 52 years in jail if he is convicted of the charges. He is suspected of leaking more than 90,000 secret military documents to the whistle-blower website."
Manning, "[w]as an army intelligence analyst". he was flitting through classified military documents at the U.S. Forward Operating Base Hammer, near Baghdad".[where]" reports "say Manning was glued to his system 14 hours of the day, reading up secret military and diplomatic documents that made him disillusioned by his country's foreign policy."