Thank you, Quazi!
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
“You can lead a horse to water, but it is probably crowded with all those people you taught to fish.”
I don't care what the technicalities and semantics are. Manning did the right thing. He exposed many of the realities of the war that the government has been hiding from us, details that would be evident if they would give the press free access to war zones like they used to.
Assange is right about one thing though, our free press is coming to an end. Western governments are cracking down on information exchange at an alarming rate. The fact that they could cut financial access to Wikileaks through all banking institutions and credit companies just goes to show that freedom of speech no longer exists.
The answer: NO ONE
You're freedom of speech stops at the "Classified" stamp!!
Since when is it wrong in any way to expose the crimes of government, and by what authority?
Since Robert Gates as SecDef is on the record as saying the material Manning released harmed no US soldier in any way, what harm was really done by that release of minimally classified information?
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman