Bradley Manning confessed at his court martial that he deliberately stole mounds of classified data and gave it to Wikileaks- not to hurt the nation, but to “spark” debate on national policy. Maybe he thinks that as a scrawny pissed off gay Army private, he has more insight into how and when documents should be declassified than the rest of the Department of Defense? Well, its game over for him now. All that will be left is a very long prison sentence.
From the NYT here:
Pfc. Bradley Manning on Thursday confessed in open court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks, saying that he released the information to help enlighten the public about “what happens and why it happens” and to “spark a debate about foreign policy.”
Appearing before a military judge for more than an hour, Private Manning read a statement recounting how he joined the military, became an intelligence analyst in Iraq, decided that certain files should become known to the American public to prompt a wider debate about foreign policy, downloaded them from a secure computer network and then ultimately uploaded them to WikiLeaks.
“No one associated with WLO” — an abbreviation he used to refer to the WikiLeaks organization — “pressured me into sending any more information,” Private Manning said. “I take full responsibility.”
Before reading the statement, Private Manning pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts in connection with the huge amount of material he leaked
Manning released such a vast trove of data there is no way he could know what was in it, and therefore could not possibly know what releases would be harmful to the United States. He did it with malice and hatred against his own country. He still faces espionage charges, and no amount of “good intentions” “activism” or desires to “spark debate” is going to save his swishy white ass. The most famous gay man in the history of the US military is going to never see the light of day again.