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View Diary: ‘You Failed to Break the Spirit of Bradley Manning’: An Open Letter to President Obama (217 comments)

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  •  Well said (4+ / 0-)

    It's nice to see nuance here on Daily Kos, as this is an issue that requires nuance.

    Not the PATRIOT/TRAITOR bullshit binary that the media loves to spew.

    Manning should be free by the time she is 35 years old.  This seems eminently fair.

    •  I Agree With the Sentence (1+ / 0-)
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      As I said in "You're Probably Right":

      I actually agree with the sentence. While I laud Manning's integrity and courage, and despise his treatment, I do think he released much material that wasn't actually whistleblowing, and exposed only routine (even if necessarily covert) international government communications. A lot of the release was damaging in a way that was neither helpful nor necessary, except in demonstrating the unmanageable size and scope of our secrecy and its exposure to people who could blow it like Manning did. Given that the maximum sentence would have been 90 years, that the prosecutor asked for 60, and only 35 was sentenced, with time served applied and 112 days extra credit (though too little) for persecution while detained, with 1/3 sentence before parole, all shows the mitigating circumstances were included in calculating the sentence.

      I also said

      All of which makes the pre-conviction abuse by the military - ultimately under Commander in Chief Obama - even more clearly unjust. Once the judicial branch had its turn to apply the rules set by the legislative branch (and signed by executives previous to Obama), the treatment (so far) has become a lot more just.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:50:18 PM PDT

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