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  •  Yeah, I still don't get that. (1+ / 0-)
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    Why didn't he just send the war crime tape out instead of sending tons of classified materials out?

    Did he go nuts?

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 10:48:35 AM PST

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    •  I think he sent some of the other stuff first... (6+ / 0-)

      the time-line's hazy - because the government's not tossing out evidence that could be used at trial, I guess - but that's my best guess.

      And yes, it sounds like he was 'mentally disturbed' by the time he started in this behavior. Read his Wikipedia page to get an idea of the challenges he was dealing with.

      Of course, the Army holds partial culpability in this: how the HELL did a guy with his issues even get through basic training (he failed once), much less get a Top Secret clearance with a Special Compartmented Intelligence access (not the highest, but WAY up there)?

      And then, even when he was behaving in an un-balanced manner - and apparently living at least a semi-open gay lifestyle, pre-DADT repeal - his chain of command decided to send him to a combat zone.

      Now don't get me wrong - I'm 100% pro-gay, and I stood up and applauded the repeal of DADT. But at the time it was against Army regulations, and even if they didn't want to use it to discharge him, how in HELL could they just ignore everything and keep him read in on his security clearance?????

      In my day, that clearance and SCI access would have been suspended in a heartbeat, and he would have been guarding a gate in the compound while they took a real close look at him and sorted things out.

      You don't mess with security, period.

      Cheers.

      Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

      by databob on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:01:38 AM PST

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    •  It's a post hoc rationalization. (1+ / 0-)
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      By some of the comments in this diary it's a lot more convincing than I would have thought.

      One piece of free advice to the GOP: Drop the culture wars, explicitly.

      by Inland on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:29:30 PM PST

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    •  Seems clear that he craved recognition (1+ / 0-)
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      He's seems to me to be very bright, impulsive, defiant, unable to self-regulate, lonely, creative, and at times driven, and at some point after his boyfriend broke up with him, he reached for anarchy with only a very loose internal justification.  ("Information wants to be free. All the information belongs to the world.")

      It seems to me that if he really did steal all those documents, he wanted to be famous as a hero/martyr, even if he and others died or went to prison as a result of the fall-out.

      •  Wow!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        LilithGardener

        I read your analysis 3 times and everything seemed to click.

        Very perceptive.

        Too bad the security clearance folks aren't as perceptive as you.

        Cheers.

        Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

        by databob on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:08:20 PM PST

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        •  They didn't have access to the same information (0+ / 0-)

          and didn't have access to it, all in one block, nor in context.

          Too bad the security clearance folks aren't as perceptive as you.

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