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What’s Next For Wikileaks Espionage Case?

Evening Edition

Aired 7/31/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Gary Barthel, Military Law Attorney, Higgs Fletcher & Mack, San Diego

Gabriel Conaway, Organizer San Diego Coalition to Free Manning


Last night in Hillcrest, a group of supporters of Private First Class Bradley Manning celebrated his not guilty verdict on aiding the enemy. But the group also decried the fact that Manning was found guilty on a number of other charges, including several counts of espionage.

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (right) is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on June 25, 2012. His attorney announced that Manning, who is accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, had agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.

The charges stem from Manning's Army assignment in Iraq in 2009, where he was arrested for downloading and transmitting classified databases to the website WikiLeaks.

The reasons why Manning transmitted the information, the damage done and the larger implications of this prosecution are still unresolved.

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | July 31, 2013 at 4:12 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

As a veteran I was told when I put on that uniform there were certain rights we forfeited. Freedom to speak out against the government being one of them. It's called sedition. This person is a disgrace to the uniform.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 31, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

The U.S. government should never be above basic human rights laws and basic laws of humanity.

Anyone, regardless of their position, who exposes such atrocities as torture should be commended, not prosecuted.

He should get TIME SERVED, period.

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Stro | July 31, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Hopefully, Bradley Manning receives the Nobel Peace prize that is the least those that have conscious can give him for exposes war crimes.

No one has been convicted of the war crimes except the whistle blower turning justice on its head.

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