WikiLeaks suspect charged with 'aiding enemy'

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WikiLeaks suspect charged with 'aiding enemy'

An Army private suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive and classified documents to the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group was charged with aiding the enemy, a crime that can bring the death penalty or life in prison.
 

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dumbass, life in prison for Assange's 15 minutes of fame
 

knobshine

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Ah good, this should make an example and scare anyone else out of doing the same.
 

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What did we expect? Of course the US is going to throw the book at him. Can't have "trusted" people running around leaking national secrets.
He is a US citizen, he is in the military, he took an oath of loyalty which he violated.
No matter how much he thought that it was in the public interest to leak that information, and whether or not you think it was justified, he must face the consequences of his actions.
 

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WikiLeaks suspect charged with 'aiding enemy'

An Army private suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive and classified documents to the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group was charged with aiding the enemy, a crime that can bring the death penalty or life in prison.
Dumbassery plucked at the moment of perfection:
Putting an **Army private** in charge of hundreds of thousands of sensitive and classified documents and employing security measures so lax that he could leak them. Even Mugabe is not this dumb. And I don’t think the US is either.

The ‘Army private’ is a stooge; fall guy; cut-off; scapegoat. He is a lightning conductor intended to draw US tantrums. The leak is from much higher. Someone who has access to ‘hundreds of thousands of sensitive and classified documents’. Not some poor sodding army private.
 

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Maybe he and Assange can share a cell soon, bumchums for life :D
No Assange has friends in the lunatic asylum in Strasbourg. He'll get away with it unlike Manning the useful idiot.
 

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dumbass, life in prison for Assange's 15 minutes of fame
He didn't do it for Assange, he did it because he has a conscience. He is a soldier and, as such, is expected to put his life on the line doing what's right.
 

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Soldiers are paid to follow orders. When they don't follow orders they get into trouble. They know that.
 

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He didn't do it for Assange, he did it because he has a conscience. He is a soldier and, as such, is expected to put his life on the line doing what's right.
He did what he believed was right, which is rarely the same as what is truly the right thing to do.
 

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Let's be honest, none of you really know why he did it. You are assuming.
 

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He might suffer for what he did, but ultimately, he is a hero for bringing things to light that should've been brought to light long ago!
 

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They shouldn't seek the death sentence. Quite frankly, their psychological analysis of this soldier was an utter failure. He should never have been given access to that information.
 

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Soldiers are paid to follow orders. When they don't follow orders they get into trouble. They know that.
They made a very vocal point of changing this at the Nuremburg trials. Concentration camp guards were using it as an excuse for Holocaust atrocities – “I was only following orders.”
 

LazyLion

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They already said they were not seeking the death penalty. They made that point to his lawyers, but the media seems to have overlooked that.
 
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