Bradley Manning's lawyers rested their case on Wednesday. The defense built its case for a shorter amount of time than expected, but argued exactly what most anticipated it would: Manning did not intend to harm the United States and aid the enemy when he passed thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.The government has argued that by passing information to WikiLeaks, Manning should have known that enemies of the United States, such as Al Qaeda, would read it.
But the defense, with the testimony of Benkler, argued that WikiLeaks was simply a journalistic organization, like The New York Times.
"Both the government and other media had no similar critique of the other organizations, of The New York Times, The Guardian, of the Der Spiegel for reporting on and making available some of the war logs," Benkler said, referring to the different treatment that those outlets received for publishing the same documents WikiLeaks received from Manning. "The wrath was reserved purely for WikiLeaks."So Monday will be crucial day in this trial. It will basically be the difference between Bradley Manning has a small chance of spending life in prison or whatever the punishment will be... or have a bigger chance of spending life in prison or whatever the punishment would be.The prosecutors requested a rebuttal hearing to respond to the defense. The judge will rule on whether to hold that hearing, as well as on the defense's four motions, on Monday. There is no date yet set for a ruling in the case.
All this because he released documents showing the fact that in Iraq, the US army had no problem with collateral damage at times.
Nobody talks about it. Nobody cares. The media didn't talk about this, they decided to talk about trayvon martin. The population sure didn't give a rats ass because they too didn't care about this.
Knowing what the army does and how it does is important. You wonder why people hate america? Collateral damage is one of them.
Knowing is the first step on solving the problem.
Anyway, how do you stand on the Bradley manning case? Should be free or not? He will be discharged dishonorably either way, if he wasn't already, but yeah.