Investigators link Manning to Wikileaks documents

posted at 2:55 pm on July 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Julian Assange avoided outing his source for the thousands of documents he released through Wikileaks this week, but military investigators believe they already have their man.  Bradley Manning, who gave Assange video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a reporter tagging along with insurgents, is the prime suspect for the latest document release as well.  The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that they have “concrete” links between Manning and the material:

A search of the computers used by Pfc. Manning yielded evidence he had downloaded the Afghanistan war logs, which span from 2004 until 2009, the official said. It’s not clear precisely what that evidence is.

The investigation is also looking at who might have helped Pfc. Manning provide the documents to WikiLeaks, a web-based group that earlier this week released 76,000 secret reports from Afghanistan.

Because of the focus on civilians who helped Pfc. Manning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department have been brought into aid the investigation lead by the Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Defense officials are also combing through Pfc. Manning’s computers in a bid to figure out what other material he may have stolen as they try to anticipate what other material WikiLeaks may have.

WikiLeaks says it has at least 15,000 more Afghanistan documents the group withheld until some details could be redacted.

Assange claimed to have given the White House a warning weeks ago about the release of the documents, which he said the Obama administration ignored, according to Andrew Napolitano of Fox News.  Regardless, the exposure of the data and especially of hundreds of informants and aides in Afghanistan has put many lives at risk.  A heads-up to the White House does not mitigate in the least the crime of exposure, and at least the moral guilt of any deaths that occur as a result, if not legal guilt for Assange.

For Manning, the argument may be a lot less academic, mainly because the US has him in custody while Assange remains out of reach. If he participated in a conspiracy to steal classified material, that’s a felony with a long prison term attached.  Murders committed as a result of that felony could bring further charges against Manning, although it might be hard for a prosecutor to tie retaliation murders in Afghanistan to the specific release of information about their cooperation, especially considering the violent environment in Afghanistan anyway.

The release of information that puts soldiers directly at risk might make for a better case of treason, if the government chooses to pursue those rare charges.  It will be interesting to see how far prosecutors will go if they can tie Manning directly to this release.


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A mere PFC had access to all this material? There are other military people involved.

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Leaking classified documents and putting the lives of hundreds of allies at risk.

Life in prison. Make the punishment severe enough that no one else decides to do the same thing.

BadgerHawk on July 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM

A mere PFC had access to all this material? There are other military people involved.

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

I don’t think this guy is a PFC. I think they are going off the pic.

I think he would be more a SSGT. What do you think?

upinak on July 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Thank you! Someone else finally said it. This guy had help from someone.

The video, I can see him, maybe, doing all on his lonesome. But all of these docs, all of this paperwork? Nuh-uh.

catmman on July 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Assange called him a “political prisoner” – to others he’s a traitor. Either way, he’ll be in Leavenworth until he’s an old man.

KillerKane on July 29, 2010 at 3:04 PM

He doesn’t look well. We should release him to Libya.

Akzed on July 29, 2010 at 3:05 PM

A mere PFC had access to all this material?

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Probably. If the documents were only SECRET they aren’t controlled too tightly. In the army E-3 and E-4 intelligence analysts have a lot of access.

exception on July 29, 2010 at 3:06 PM

So, I wonder if he is going to feel good about himself putting all the translators and their families at risk?

Queen0fCups on July 29, 2010 at 3:07 PM

He’ll walk.

Del Dolemonte on July 29, 2010 at 3:07 PM

upinak on July 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

The WSJ article said Manning was a PFC with the 10th Mountain Division and was stationed in Iraq, and that he had a top secret clearance.

Still, it also said he was perusing documents from all over the world, I can’t believe he didn’t run into some compartmentalization that required help from someone with greater access.

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Good job for doing yourr

Now, what is Obama going to do about all those Afghani informants who were named by Assange and who will probably be killed because of Assange’s heroic disclosure?

Nothing, I suspect. How about Assange himself? Nothing to be done about him? No way to have him shot?

GTR640 on July 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Assange claimed to have given the White House a warning weeks ago about the release of the documents, which he said the Obama administration ignored, according to Andrew Napolitano of Fox News.

Sheesh, with all those parties, concerts and vacations, who has time to look at national security breaches! Priorities, people, there’s only so much time in a day – off to Spain!

Queen0fCups on July 29, 2010 at 3:09 PM

He doesn’t look well. We should release him to Libya.

Akzed on July 29, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Thread winner!

ElectricPhase on July 29, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Bishop, most of the guys (and gals) I know, who are doing the joint operations are not under a Sgt. Unless they have changed the rules, I just don’t see it.

upinak on July 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM

A mere PFC had access to all this material?

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Yes – a Pfc with a TS clearance who is assigned to intelligence work could have access to databases with war reports in it. A security clerance covers material with that classification. Clearances are not given out based on grade level.

katiejane on July 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Illegally taking and disseminating a classified document. Times 10,000 documents.

Maximum sentence on each count.

Sentences to run consecutively. In Leavenworth.

That will wipe the smirk off his face.

Wethal on July 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Life in prison. Make the punishment severe enough that no one else decides to do the same thing.

BadgerHawk on July 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM

And make sure it really is life in prison, no parole, ever, not even if he gets cancer.

Esthier on July 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Life in prison. Make the punishment severe enough that no one else decides to do the same thing.

His actions are going to directly contribute to the deaths of Afghan informants…which, in turn, is going to directly harm the war effort by causing a chilling effect on those who would serve as informants.

His purpose was to directly harm the US in service to his true master – i.e., his transnationalist, Leftist ideology.

He’s a traitor. He deserves a quick drop on a short rope.

rvastar on July 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

A mere PFC had access to all this material? There are other military people involved.

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

He’s a specialist who was a database guy. A computer specialist working at an intelligence installation like he was stationed at would have a lot higher access in their systems, at least as far as intelligence data is concerned, than some schmuck working on the payroll system out of Ft. Leonard Wood.

teke184 on July 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing website, told The Times he would “deeply regret” any harm caused by the disclosures. But in an extensive interview yesterday he defended his actions.
He claimed many informers in Afghanistan were “acting in a criminal way” by sharing false information with NATO authorities and said the White House knew informants’ names could be exposed but did nothing to help WikiLeaks vet the data.

Mr Assange insisted any risk to informants’ lives was outweighed by the overall importance of publishing the information.

“No one has been harmed, but should anyone come to harm of course that would be a matter of deep regret — our goal is justice to innocents, not to harm them,” he said. “That said, if we were forced into a position of publishing all of the archives or none of the archives we would publish all . . . because it’s extremely important to the history of this war.”

…Mr Assange told The Times many Afghan informants, including those whose details had been potentially disclosed, were “telling soldiers false stories . . . creating victims themselves”.

Asked if that justified releasing their identities, the former computer hacker replied: “It doesn’t mean it’s OK for their identities not to be revealed.”

The Australian.

HT: AOSHQ

Pontius Pilate could not be reached for comment.

Wethal on July 29, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Keep smilin’ PFC Traitor. I can see the “Free Manning” signs now.

Mojave Mark on July 29, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Ok, I now understand that Manning would have a great amount of access. Keeping my tinfoil hat on, I still don’t believe he acted alone, too much info, too many opportunities to get discovered in the act.

If I’m wrong I’m wrong, I will still go with the theory that Manning had help on the inside.

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM

He’s a traitor. He deserves a quick drop on a short rope.

rvastar on July 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Assuming the facts are as we believe from this report, I agree. If this level of treason does not merit capital punishment, why bother even having treason on the books?

jwolf on July 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Is he gonna get off the charges because he’s gay? Thats gotta be almost as good as being black.

Tommy_G on July 29, 2010 at 3:21 PM

re-assign him to a SOG unit in Kandahar and let nature take its course

JKotthoff on July 29, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Manning outed hundreds of brave Afgans who worked with our military to rid their country of terrorists scum. Now these brave souls, along with their families are in mortal danger.Should these people suffer, let their blood be on his hands

galtg on July 29, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Despicable Barry’s minion.

BHO Jonestown on July 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM

O/T
any tears for him ?

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66S3FJ20100729

macncheez on July 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Assuming the facts are as we believe from this report, I agree. If this level of treason does not merit capital punishment, why bother even having treason on the books?

jwolf on July 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM

AMEN

IowaWoman on July 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

And make sure it really is life in prison, no parole, ever, not even if he gets cancer.

Esthier on July 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Unless we get some sweet oil contract out of it.

BadgerHawk on July 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Let’s green-light the Pak ISI to take out Andy Warhol’s little sister. You know they want to.

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Maybe those in charge of determining clearances should start determining the political orientation of the clearance applicants in the background investigations. Those men/women who are democrats, green party, socialist, etc. should automatically be excluded from any clearance.

PrettyD_Vicious on July 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

He’s a traitor. He deserves a quick drop on a short rope.

rvastar on July 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

2nd that…

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

macncheez on July 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM

As much as it sucks that he passed away, I’m glad he wasn’t executed on film and used for propaganda.

BadgerHawk on July 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Or one of those sexy Russian spies got to him. ;-)

PrettyD_Vicious on July 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Where in the H*LL was his chain of command when all this was going on??

Khun Joe on July 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM

He kind of looks like Howdy Doody!

Vince on July 29, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I would not put anything beyond Obama to attempt according to his own whim or “discretion”. Bush was the president fixated on prosecuting any politically incorrect behavior from military personnel, regardless of common sense and traditional protocol. I would be surprised if Obama were to replicate that segment of Bush’s presidency. But then, he could blame Bush for establishing precedence should he mimic Bush, being the lamebrain that Obama insists on remaining, fabricating what he says he inherited.

It would not surprise me to find that Obama is grateful for the saboteur who exposed all Afghan informants to be destroyed by the “righteous Jihadi” Taliban. He now can justify the futility of what Wikileaks effectively destroyed “Obama’s” military’s efforts achieved through ultimate sacrifice and strict obedience to the politically correct nation building enabling Karzai 12 Rules of Engagement. Neoconservatives dogmatically insist that nation building is possible to achieve in Islam. And the malleable Obama is yet wearing the neoconservative suit that he “inherited” mostly by having declared the Afghan War “GOOD”.

Obama didn’t want any war, and promised the world he’d pull the US out of Afghanistan though that war HAD BEEN righteous.

Obama is disengaged from protecting America. Take his lack of ethical response to the BP oil gusher, preventing skimmers while authorizing dispersing chemicals so that the oil will NEVER be recovered but left to ruin the Gulf with methane levels so high as to impede any oxygen for proper life forms at the bottom and throughout invisible pockets wiping out all natural marine life.

Sure, it is likely Obama will leave the military there and persistently neglect the military he commands over there until some whim alters their circumstances and his owners order him to retreat like Nixon from Vietnam: “Victory through Peace” as Kissinger coined.

Seemingly standing foursquare for nothing but himself, this is the totally unengaged potus who fires anyone who dares to say that he could not care less that he doesn’t care at all about anything beyond himself.

maverick muse on July 29, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I personally don’t think the blame lies with the piece of garbage from down under. How is he supposed to know what’s devastating to national security and what isn’t? He’s redacting, and yet released all those Afghani names. Doesn’t mean he’s not a scumbag -clearly he is. His life’s work is scumbaggery.

The at-fault party is the Army PFC and any who helped him. And yes, it should be prosecuted as treason; and yes, he should meet his fate at the end of a needle. It’s a shame the reality will likely be unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service in a San Fran bath house from Holder’s DoJ.

BKeyser on July 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

…the WikiLeaks documents suggest a degree of disaffection of the American military with civilian leaders deeper than anything in living memory.
[...]
At some point the charade must come to an end, and it would be a novelty in world affairs if the reluctance of American commanders to feed the charade with American blood were the proximate cause of its termination.
[...]
Even for those of us with an extremely dour view of the Afghan War (and I took such a view in my May 2010 First Things essay, “The Morality of Self-Interest”), the contents are eye-popping. Certainly they reinforce my view that the nation-building strategy of the past Republican administration was a delusion. Social engineering doesn’t work, whether attempted by the right or the left.
[...]
But to continue to sacrifice American lives in Afghanistan under the circumstances seems stupid and immoral. It may be true that Afghanistan will be a breeding ground for terrorism when American troops leave, but Pakistan already is a breeding ground for terrorism. But there are other, cheaper ways to deal with the problem.

Troops Do Not Support The Mission

The best way to “Support the Troops” is to not put them needlessly in harm’s way in the first place. It’s time to declare the war won and bring them home.

Rae on July 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Now if these were Russian documents released by Assange, he would be having an encounter with the tip of an umbrella filled with Polonium.

hip shot on July 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM

If the informant story is all true, death penalty.

rob verdi on July 29, 2010 at 3:49 PM

I hope his life everyday is like a living h#ll.

Sir Napsalot on July 29, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Markos move over, this guy is the next DailyKos-equivalent.

Sir Napsalot on July 29, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Can we still execute people for treason? If so, I say make an example of this repulsive little tool.

ExcessivelyDiverted on July 29, 2010 at 3:54 PM

A heads-up to the White House does not mitigate in the least the crime of exposure, and at least the moral guilt of any deaths that occur as a result, if not legal guilt for Assange.[emph mine]

On the bright side, we can all rest assured he & Manning will be held liable in a court of law if any deaths result.

Even if Manning gets off with the UCMJ or under the DoJ, there’s still the matter of civil actions by any survivors of those exposed who are killed.

What juror wouldn’t want these two – and anyone underwriting Assange or who helped facilitate his hooking up with Manning – wiped out financially for life to make restitution to grieving Afghan widows and children?

Any good plaintiff’s atty already has more than a preponderance of evidence in his case file taken directly from Assange’s own words.

leilani on July 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Rae on July 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Is that your viewpoint, too?
If not, are you posting those for general interest or what?

Jenfidel on July 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Why would they prosecute someone who released documents that, according the the CINC, mean nothing?
Why can’t someone just be honest…That release was critical, and put many people and operations in danger. Not only our men, but brave men of other countries who we helping us gather information, the unsung heroes, who now will be hunted and put to death.
Some of that info. could only have come from certain sources, they will be identified, and unlike our country, they will be executed swiftly without trial. If they kill a few “innocents” so be it, but they will kill, eventually, whomever they think was involved.

right2bright on July 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Rae on July 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Look what else was on WikiLeaks:

Rae is an idiot!

right2bright on July 29, 2010 at 4:19 PM

He is a goofy looking guy with that stupid smile. I hope they give him a very long prison sentence.

Hilts on July 29, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Back when this country had balls, a pathetic P.O.S. like Manning would be summarily executed for treason.

Ever since Vietnam, the spineless jellyfish running the country have let traitors like Hanoi Jane off scot free, so you can probably expect to eventually see Manning hawking a book on Oprah and slobbering to Dr. Phil about how well intentioned his trechary was.

bannedbyhuffpo on July 29, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Prediction: this guy runs for public office as a Dem when he gets out of jail.

bitsy on July 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM

10th Mountain Division

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Hope this proud group aren’t tainted by what is obviously one very rotten apple…

Del Dolemonte on July 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM

He’s a traitor. He deserves a quick drop on a short rope.

rvastar on July 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I was reading a post on Blackfive yesterday which disagrees with you.

It suggested a firing squad.

malclave on July 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

After seeing this guy’s picture, the caption underneath ought to read
“What, me worry?”

bannedbyhuffpo on July 29, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Sheesh, with all those parties, concerts and vacations, who has time to look at national security breaches! Priorities, people, there’s only so much time in a day – off to Spain!

Queen0fCups on July 29, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Don’t forget about the golf…

My first thought at seeing Mannings pic was “Alfred E Newman” -Mad Magazine

chewydog on July 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM

A bullet is to good for this guy. He, and whomever else is involved with this should be strapped down, and every parent of a child in the military, should be allowed to take some soap in a sock and get their licks in.

His opinions are his, but to betray the U.S. military, and everyone in it, during war, and while wearing the uniform, is unforgiveable.

capejasmine on July 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM

why don’t they charge this kid with Treason? Wouldn’t that detour others from following suit?

ramrants on July 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Also, since Assange is so big on releasing top secret documents, I’m still waiting for him to release information on Iran’s nuclear program.

ramrants on July 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Why do these lib beatniks even serve in our military???????????????

As a gay Republican I will say: He indeed does have “gayface”. Maybe this was in retaliation for DADT.

Lothar on July 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Did Lindsey Graham join the Army?

Hummer53 on July 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I doubt he had the clearance for the information.
I doubt he had the need to know the information.
The third requirement is access to the information, which he apparently had. Whether they are part of it or not, you can be sure other people have their a$$ on the line on this one.

CC

CapedConservative on July 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

The Uniform Code of Military Justice covers PFC Manning quite well:

Art. 81. Conspiracy

Art. 92. Failure to obey order or regulation

Art. 104. Aiding the enemy

Art. 106. Spies (Art. 106a. Espionage)

Art. 107. False official statements (His oath when he got his security clearance, which was sworn and written).

For deaths resulting from his act of espionage he can be charged in each and every case:

Art. 119. Manslaughter
(b) Any person subject to this chapter who, without an intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm, unlawfully kills a human being—
(1) by culpable negligence; or (2) while perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate an offense… is guilty of involuntary manslaughter and shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

And for just about anything else this applies:

Article 134 UCMJ: all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons subject to this chapter may be guilty.

Manning may be in big trouble if the Afghanis reveal in the betrayal are killed: Article 106a specifies the death penalty in instances where it causes the loss of life:

(c) A sentence of death may be adjudged by a court-martial for an offense under this section (article) only if the members unanimously find, beyond a reasonable doubt, one or more of the following aggravating factors:
(3) In the commission of the offense, the accused knowingly created a grave risk of death to another person.

OrdinaryColoradan on July 29, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Anyone know if he could be held responsible for any deaths that may come of these leaks?

Vera on July 29, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Thanks, Ordinary Coloradan!

Vera on July 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM

I’m sorry to post so many times in a row, but this is disgusting.

“Because true heroism merits no punishment”

http://www.bradleymanning.org/

Vera on July 29, 2010 at 5:18 PM

One other thing I got from discussions where I lurk (Rantburg): The ISI lost a lot of “face” with the release of these documents that implicates them in all kinds of dirty work. The ISI has a habit of people it does not like dying in accidents. And they are not nearly as restrained about things as the Western agencies nor the Mossad.

If I were Assange, or associated with Wikileaks, I would be headed for safer ground. Unlike the pseudo-intellectual lefty poseur intelligentsia Assange hangs with, the ISI plays for keeps. And so do the relatives of people he helped kill by betraying their names – blood feuds in Afghanistan are hard core.

Consequences – such an alien concept to the left, they are always so surprised when reality imposes on them.

Julian Assange, I would not bet even money that you’ll be alive in 2 years given who you have pissed off with this media whoring stunt.

OrdinaryColoradan on July 29, 2010 at 5:20 PM

What on earth prompts these people to do these things? Is he not bright enough to know he’d get caught? You have to wonder about the mental processes of someone like this kid.

jeanie on July 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Jeanie, I can think of two possibilities.

One, he’s always been a liberal nutcase and he decided to join the army just to “expose” them, either not realizing how significant the charges against him would be, or thinking that he would be a martyr if he was caught an charged.

Or two, he had good intentions when he joined but got burned by someone in the Army and decided to “get even” by making the Army as a whole look bad. Maybe he didn’t even realize just how much trouble doing so would get him in.

If it were “just” the video, I’d be more inclined to go with option two, but given the wikileaks connection, I’m leaning towards number one.

Vera on July 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Still, it also said he was perusing documents from all over the world, I can’t believe he didn’t run into some compartmentalization that required help from someone with greater access.

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Without saying too much, I think they reserve the compartmentalization to…Special Compartmentalized Information.

James on July 29, 2010 at 5:36 PM

I was MI in Vietnam and yes a PFC could have access to all sort sorts of secret material in this computerized world.

Give his unit members thirty minutes with him, and then hang the bastard.

scullymj on July 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I doubt he had the clearance for the information.
I doubt he had the need to know the information.
The third requirement is access to the information, which he apparently had. Whether they are part of it or not, you can be sure other people have their a$$ on the line on this one.

CapedConservative on July 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

All reports indicate that he did have a TS clearance so your first doubt is unsupported. Without knowing what his job involved your second doubt as to whether he had a “need to know” for information about Afghanistan is unknown. Obviously since he worked in an intelligence unit he had access.

None of your doubts support a conspiracy.

katiejane on July 29, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Manning…release of information that puts soldiers directly at risk might make for a better case of treason, if the government chooses to pursue those rare charges. – Ed

Treason
Prior to Election Day 2010.

Firing Squad!
Prior to Election Day 2012.

The lil’ hump’ll go Bumpity Bump
under the Obama campaign Bus…

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on July 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

If he’s guilty of this, it is the worst kind of treason an enlisted man could possibly make aside from turning coats. I hope he gets the maximum sentence. It was a cowardly act.

scalleywag on July 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Unless they have changed the rules, I just don’t see it.

upinak on July 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM

I held a secret clearance when I was an E3 and had whatever clearance it took for hands on access to nuclear weapons when I was an E4. Of course that was back in the 60s. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that he had a secret clearance as an E3 or E4. Although he had a clearance he probably didn’t have the need to know and he damn sure didn’t have the authority to share what he found out with anyone.

Oldnuke on July 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

A mere PFC had access to all this material? There are other military people involved.

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

…actually, in the interests of full disclosure, I think that this loser was a SP4 (Specialist 4th Class) one peg above a PFC, when he was nabbed for his earlier “liberation” of documents…and was busted…I think he’s in custody right now, pending some sort of judicial action….

…I’d recommend treason, personally, with all the this entails…put him in the same cell with that loser who fragged his company officers back in 2003 (or so), and hang ‘em both.

…yes, Virginia…there is a thing called treason…still….

Puritan1648 on July 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

…the ISI plays for keeps. And so do the relatives of people he helped kill by betraying their names – blood feuds in Afghanistan are hard core.

Julian Assange, I would not bet even money that you’ll be alive in 2 years given who you have pissed off with this media whoring stunt.

OrdinaryColoradan on July 29, 2010 at 5:20 PM

…stop it now…you’re making my mouth water….

Puritan1648 on July 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Everyone who’s saying that he must have had help because of his rank is wrong. We have S2 analysts that are not NCOs yet. This young man could have had access.

Additionally, life in prison is not enough. Releasing classified documents of this nature can and should be given capital consideration. There is no deterrent. It just keeps happening to us because there is no deterrent. Facing execution for these actions might be a deterrent.

hawkdriver on July 29, 2010 at 6:59 PM

The military needs to make a glaring, painful, and fearsome example of this despicable little turd.

illustro on July 29, 2010 at 7:01 PM

This loser needs to do some SERIOUS time in Leavenworth. He thought he was ‘unappreciated’ before. Just wait until those guys get hold of him. He’ll be a real “darling” there.

GarandFan on July 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

The release of information that puts soldiers directly at risk might make for a better case of treason, if the government chooses to pursue those rare charges. It will be interesting to see how far prosecutors will go if they can tie Manning directly to this release.

But what if that weasel can show the administration showed no alarm or tried to get him to stop? I bet Obama et al would rather not risk that, so will avoid prosecuting.

aikidoka on July 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

When Mr. Davis, the childhood friend, last saw Pfc. Manning about nine months ago, Mr. Davis said he could sense a change in his friend, who he said “wasn’t having an easy time” in the military and “felt he wasn’t being treated fairly.”

Pfc. Manning was demoted from specialist to private first class while in Iraq for an incident unrelated to the leak, a defense official said.

Here’s the answer as regards his rank. I thought he might have been a specialist/Sgt and busted back to PFC after the first incident because I believed after basic and any MI training that by the time a soldier gets to his/her unit that he/she is within months/pts of making Spc. But PFC Manning had other negative issues going on besides treason.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Just shoot the traitorous bastard.

And would someone please explain to me how a mere PFingC has access to classified material?

Dave R. on July 29, 2010 at 9:52 PM

And I’m serious.

Shoot this f’ing pr*ck on live TV and make an example out of his worthless, traitorous ass.

And make the two people who spawned this useless POS watch, too.

Dave R. on July 29, 2010 at 9:55 PM

If Manning is found guilty of this treason,. a necktie party is in order for the traitorous little fleck of scum.

profitsbeard on July 29, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Anyone think Obama won’t pardon this clown in Obama’s last week of office in 2012? Maybe he’ll be in line for a Nobel…

drfredc on July 29, 2010 at 11:23 PM

If Manning is found guilty of this treason, a necktie party is in order for the traitorous little fleck of scum.

profitsbeard on July 29, 2010 at 11:01 PM

No…I’m with Dave R. on this — why waste good rope on his sissy ass? Put a few bullets in him.

Jaibones on July 29, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Julian Assange says his team had edited the material so that there was “harm minimization.”

Okay, I’m down with that. Instead a bullet in his albino forehead, we can just cut his nose off his face or destroy his kneecaps. That’s about the minimum due, I figure.

PD Quig on July 30, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Ok, I now understand that Manning would have a great amount of access. Keeping my tinfoil hat on, I still don’t believe he acted alone, too much info, too many opportunities to get discovered in the act.

If I’m wrong I’m wrong, I will still go with the theory that Manning had help on the inside.

Bishop on July 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM

When I was in decades ago, I had a TSCW clearance, and had – as an E4 (one grade above E3) – access to a lot more info than Manning… a lot more… Russian orders battle (land, sea, air), rocket range info, deep space actions… you name it. Tactical types like Manning would have simular access and not need higher ups to get the info he did.

He may have had a buddy of simular rank helping but would not have needed more.

Friendly21 on July 30, 2010 at 6:43 AM

“Audit trail? Wah dat?”

Moron. Treasonous moron.

mojo on July 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Why is Assange out of reach. All we need is an independent “wet work” team to make him disappear. We are a nation of wimps. Assange needs to be killed quickly and painfully. I think, personally, he should be force fed some classified documents.

fleiter on July 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM