Judge considers unusual plea deal for accused WikiLeaks source Manning

The Associated Press has details on the unusual plea deal being considered in the case of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of passing classified documents to Wikileaks.
On Thursday, a military judge, Col. Denise Lind, accepted the terms under which Private Manning would plead guilty to eight charges for sending classified documents to WikiLeaks.

The judge’s ruling does not mean the pleas have been formally accepted. That could happen in December.

But she approved the language of the offenses to which Private Manning would admit, which she said would carry a total maximum prison term of 16 years.

Private Manning made the offer as a way of accepting responsibility for the leaks. Government officials have not said whether they would continue prosecuting him for the other 14 counts he faces, including aiding the enemy. That offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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  1. Not great, but a lot better than life. Especially if they do not go for the maximum and he gets time served for the past two years of incarceration.

  2. It really bothers me that everyone constantly misgenders Breanna Manning. She is trans and nobody ever mentions this, erasing her identity and she can do little about it right now.

        1. Wow. Interesting. I learned something new today. Somehow it changes my perception of this case but I can’t grab hold of exactly how. 

    1. As far as I can tell PFC Manning’s own defense team still refers to the Private as “Bradley.” Has Manning made any public statements to the effect that he/she prefers a female pronoun?

      1.  There’s enough doubt to where we should at the very very least be using neutral language, ie “Private” as opposed to “Bradley.”

  3. there was a pretty interesting discussion about the conditions he’s had to endure, the lack of response to medical official’s recommendations, and their plea offer on Democracy Now today (Nov 30th) as well….

  4. Oddly enough, I’m still waiting to hear about all those deaths caused by the leaked info. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting. And … Wait – could they be lying to us?!

    1.  Yeah, I haven’t heard of any either. What I was saying was that there is always the possibility of deaths caused by leaked information. I apologize as I should have tried to be more clear.

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