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    databob, ksuwildkat

    it comes to sentencing that he was a messed-up kid with emotional issues, thought he was doing the right thing, etc. But in terms of charging him with crimes, I just don't see how some people here think the system should work. Should all people who commit crimes get go first appeal to some jury's sense of touchy-feely "good intent" before prosecutors decide whether to move forward? If we let off a liberal Brad Manning, what about a neocon intelligence analyst who decides to release classified information in order to further the neocon goals he thinks represent "doing the right thing"?

    It is pretty clear to me that violations of these types of serious laws need to happen whatever the theoretical intent of the suspect. And with Manning releasing hundreds of thousands of documents, it would be a betrayal of justice to NOT charge him. The only point I agree with his supporters about is that perhaps his solitary confinement was excessive (though the use of the term torture is debatable).

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