As to the war being fraudulent, that has been discussed ad infinitum in multiple threads and has never been definitively proven.
What criminal actions did he reveal?
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I did my time in the US Army, and it was a no-brainer that after 12 years of sanctions, with no effective military at all, Iraq was no threat at all to this country on the other side of the globe.
The war was brought under fraud, and if you don't understand that, well...it's a personal problem of some sort with understanding history.
The criminal actions he revealed were those of the gunship crew and its supervisors.
Back to the point: your feelings about Afghanistan & Iraq do not warrant Manning's actions, they may rationalize your point of view, but they don't justify his crime.
He joined the Army in 2007- five years after the current Iraq conflict began, it's not like he didn't know a war was going on.
I joined the Army years after Vietnam started. What's your point?
Justify his crime? Revealing government crimes is itself a crime? In what authoritarian country do you live?
Revealing the crimes of government is ALWAYS the right thing to do. It is NEVER a crime.
You are apparently quite content to defend and condone government crimes. I'm not.
He can't say he joined the forces of good and then became disillusioned so he decided to break the law, his oath of secrecy and expect to be innocent..really?
You may defend him but he is no hero and will get what he deserves. Who the hell is he to decide what should and should not be made public???!
That's a pretty F'ng arrogant position to take..
He has literally put his life on the line, as you sit here babbling away with government talking points on the internet.