Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges, with 20 years max sentence, but not to aiding enemy

Bradley Manning has pleaded guilty to "10 lesser charges", and will read out a 35-page statement on the leak of diplomatic cables to Wikileaks and the motivations behind it, according to The Guardian's Ed Pilkington. Pilkington reports that the charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years, "but #BradleyManning pleads NOT guilty to the big government charge - 'aiding the enemy' - that could see him jailed for life."


  1. This is actually not as bad as I had expected. It’s still a travesty, of course, but look who you’re dealing with.

        1. There’s a big difference between the White House “leaking” stuff to the press to make themselves look better, and a random guy with a clearance exfiltrating enormous amounts of classified data. 

          1. Not legally, there isn’t. When the White House leaks stuff to the press to make themselves look better, they are, by definition, “violating the terms of their security clearance.”

          2. That depends.  They are the authority on those leaks, so it’s possible that they internally declassified the material before releasing it. 

          3. It’s possible, jandrese, but, so far, there’s zero evidence for it.  And if there were, it would simply further illustrate how broken the system for classifying documents is.

  2. Hmmm, so three straight years of torture, abuse and inhuman treatment get you a plea bargain.  See?  Totally worth it guys!  Stop being such bleeding hearts about “human rights” all the time!

  3. Wow. I was just struck how this is EXACTLY like the kangaroo courts and ham-fisted forced confessions that we in the US so roundly condemned. They tortured him* until they got a confession, end of story.

    * Extended solitary confinement is torture:

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