Bradley Manning guilty (of almost everything)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
He was acquitted of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, but was convicted or pled guilty to everything else. It is an extensive list and should keep him making little rocks out of big ones for a long damn time.
FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge Tuesday acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge the Army intelligence analyst faced for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military reports and diplomatic cables.
Manning was convicted on nearly all of the lesser charges considered by the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, in connection with the largest breach of classified material in U.S. history...
If convicted on all charges apart from aiding the enemy, Manning faced a potential sentence of up to 154 years.
That'll do. I am even OK if it is just an even 150. Or 149 years and 8 months since...
Lind ruled in January that Manning is entitled to a sentencing credit of nearly four months as a result of what she determined was unnecessarily harsh treatment the intelligence analysts received during his almost nine-month stay at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va.
I don't begrudge him the four month credit he gets because it was perhaps, a tiny bit over the top to keep the little fella more or less butt naked for his stint there. I mean there was a possibility he might hurt himself, but I think they may have stretched a little in enforcing that. And while I may think he deserved to be convicted of the aiding the enemy charge, there is a reasonable argument that he did not intend to do so and that cough, cough WikiLeaks and AssFlange are a journalistic endeavor, not actually our enemies. So hey I am going glass more than half full on this and wishing young Bradly a joyful stay at Club Leavenworth until he is old, or even dead Bradley.