The Bradley Manning “plea deal”

posted at 8:01 am on March 1, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

I’ll confess to being a bit surprised yesterday when I noticed a blog post which implied that alleged (okay… at this point I think we can do away with the “alleged”) traitor Bradley Manning had struck some sort of a plea deal in his Court Martial proceedings. As I checked a bit further into it, however, it would seem that the word “deal” has been expanded in definition. Manning did indeed finally – after extensive delays while the Army got all of the i’s dotted and t’s crossed – have his moment in court to answer the charges against him. The charges were read and Manning answered, pleading guilty to ten of the 22 outstanding charges.

Generally, when one goes into a “plea bargain” situation, you agree to plead guilty to certain charges and get something in exchange. That really doesn’t describe what happened in this case.

A military judge on Thursday accepted guilty pleas by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 10 lesser charges against him, leaving the ex-intelligence analyst to face 12 other counts for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of government documents to the WikiLeaks website.

The acceptance of the “naked guilty pleas” — meaning there is no agreement between the government and the defense that would limit the sentence – at a pre-trial hearing means that Manning faces up to 20 years in prison, even if he is ultimately acquitted of the most-serious charges against him.

At this point, one has to wonder who benefited from the extensive time which ticked by while Manning’s defense team dragged out this circus for years as he cooled his heels in the brig. The Army, in their usual, calm, quiet way, essentially said, “Thanks for the guilty pleas. Now we’ll try you on the rest of the charges.”

Not only has Manning copped to charges which can earn him two decades behind bars if the military really feels like throwing the book at him, (and at this point, well…) but he got nothing in return. Further, the “lesser” charges he owned up to have effectively removed any and all question as to whether or not he did what everyone has been alleging he’d done all along. This leaves little to the imagination other than whether or not the Army will consider dumping three quarter million classified documents out where Al Qaeda could get them as being a case of, “aiding the enemy.”

The trial on the remaining charges begins in June. Stay tuned.


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Too bad Bradley isn’t up for the ultimate price for treason.

Steve Eggleston on March 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Twenty years. Wow. He’s getting off light.

dogsoldier on March 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

He should be Steve, IMHO.

dogsoldier on March 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Put him in the general population at a supermax prison and let them know the guards will be looking the other way.

acyl72 on March 1, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Death penalty would be too good, better to rot in prison. Unfortunately he’s gonna get out early or even pardoned. Best thing would be to drop him into the general population of prison so someone can shiv him.

AH_C on March 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Put him in the general population at a supermax prison and let them know the guards will be looking the other way.

acyl72 on March 1, 2013 at 8:08 AM

To get the desired effect, you need to put him in a normal max-security prison. Supermax prisons are essentially solitary.

Steve Eggleston on March 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I knew he was guilty the instant the Left made him a hero, saying he should be let go.

Liam on March 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Death penalty would be too good, better to rot in prison. Unfortunately he’s gonna get out early or even pardoned. Best thing would be to drop him into the general population of prison so someone can shiv him.

AH_C on March 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM

There are usually no early releases from a federal prison. The only pardon that might be extended would have to come from a sitting POTUS, so he’s going to cooling his heels for at least another twenty years and they haven’t begun to try him on the serious stuff. He’s probably looking at life unless he can get his friends @ Wikileaks & Anonymous to pull some strings. Those two groups aren’t exactly on great terms with the US government at the present time, so things aren’t looking bright for Bradley!

Boats48 on March 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

As a disabled veteran, I’d like to say how much I am angered that this traitor will not be put to death for his crimes.

His actions will have resulted in an unknown number of deaths, as the Taliban & AQ went after the names of intelligence sources which he willingly provided to them through Julian Assange’s website. In fact, Assange should be sitting in prison as well for his role in this, but that’s a debate for another day.

How many of our own men & women died or were injured and/or maimed through these acts? We\ll never know for sure, but he is just as complicit in what happened to them as if he pulled the trigger himself.

The ancillary part to all of this is that anyone who might have considered helping us with intelligence work will now have some serious consideration to take after seeing what has happened to their friends.

Manning should be swinging from a rope, rather than ultimately spending the rest of his life in prison, which the remaining charges should provide. Personally, I’d dress him in his uniform, and drop him off somewhere in Afghanistan and see how well his treason is rewarded.

TKindred on March 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

May Breanna rot in jail.

steebo77 on March 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM

I read the prosecution has 114 witnesses against Manning.

workingclass artist on March 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM

So there wasn’t a plea deal then? I’m a little confused.

bluegill on March 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

test

dmann on March 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Unable to link to Ft Hood article on CNN….why?

dmann on March 1, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Obama commutes jail sentence in 3…..2…..1

He can’t let a hero of the left be punished by those evil military tribunals.

fogw on March 1, 2013 at 8:31 AM

I’ll throw the switch!

crash72 on March 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Breanna we hardly knew ye.

harlekwin15 on March 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Firing squad…

Khun Joe on March 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

This man should be room temperature.

Lothar on March 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I sentence him to play Osama in any and all live fire reenactments of the Seals raid.

meci on March 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM

There are tactical reasons to do what he did.

I was offended by his statement that he just wanted the American people to know what was going on. His release of info was misleading and gave a dishonest portrayal of what had occurred in that firefight where terrorists and civilians were killed. He also released info that got those who were aiding us murdered. But yes, this has dragged on too long but Ft Hood is even worse.

Blake on March 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM

As far as I’m concerned, Manning should be sentenced to life in front of a firing squad.

The last words he should hear are “Ready! Aim! FIRE!”

evilned on March 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

The army better get cracking on those charges and get a guilty verdict quickly. Bambi has his pardon for the traitor all set, ready to go.

ExpressoBold on March 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I hope he gets the Private Slovak treatment.

Ward Cleaver on March 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Welcome to the Graybar Motel, pal. Prepare for some butt pounding. Oh, I know, that’s why you took the plea…

Archivarix on March 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Too bad Bradley isn’t up for the ultimate price for treason.

Steve Eggleston on March 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Amen. A stout rope and a gallows should be his sentence.

That’s exactly what Ed is saying.

blink on March 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Actually, it’s Jazz.

TKindred on March 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Let me just disagree on Asshinge Assange. He should wake up one morning wearing cement overshoes. Let those waging cyberwar on us understand that we take it seriously – and you just might be next.

GWB on March 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The only deal they should be making with Manning is whether or not he gets a blindfold & a cigarette.

29Victor on March 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Speaking of Assange, his groupies are having a beyatch slap:

Ms Khan, formerly a staunch supporter, wrote this month that Assange had “alienated and disaffected” his allies.

Now, fashion designer Dame Vivienne has blasted Ms Khan on her Get a Life blog. She wrote: “I believe that misapplied feminism is holding Julian in legal limbo, women living in the privileged world who blindly support feminism, not seeing the wood for the trees.

“The word ‘rape’ has been mentioned though there are no facts to support the allegation. Women want this cleared up. ‘I wish he would go to Sweden to answer the claims,’ they say.

“Do they really want our hero to satisfy their wish and vindicate himself by spending the rest of his life in a US supermax jail? Julian is in danger because through Wiki-Leaks he exposed the killings our authorities cover up in wars which cause death and rape.

“So I was sad and puzzled when my friend Jemima Khan joined the ranks of these irresponsible women.” She added: “I phoned Jemima. I hope she will change her mind.” Sales of her “I am Julian Assange” T-shirt have raised £3,000 for WikiLeaks, she said.

The charity Women’s Aid, which works to end domestic violence, called Dame Vivienne’s comments “thoughtless”.

http://goo.gl/1zdmq

Blake on March 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Make an example of Manning and execute him. National Security is a very serious matter which can affect the lives of millions. If he had done this in wartime he would already be in the ground. May it also be so for all who would seek to undermine the Constitution of the United States and the safety and security of our fellow citizens.

kemojr on March 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Manning is what he is.

Kerry did worse and is now the Sec. of State.

We rot from within.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

He’s not charged with a capital offense.

Blake on March 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

He won’t be going to a fed prison, but a military prison, probably the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

GAlpha10 on March 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Prison for a guy like Breanna is like one big Orgy.

I’m sure he’ll be happy.

portlandon on March 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Any plea deal without any type of a molten lead enema is inadequate.

Shaughnessy on March 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

If the military doesn’t execute traitors like Manning, it encourages worse treason.

profitsbeard on March 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Counting down to the time he gets a FREE sex change.

Wander on March 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

His prison team will then have a pitcher and a catcher!

Wander on March 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Run this worthless piece of whale turd up the flagpole. A small minded fool who disgraces the uniform.

Gunner105 on March 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Really having a hard time with how long this is/has taken. It’s a military court martial for god’s sake.

BigWyo on March 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

The army better get cracking on those charges and get a guilty verdict quickly. Bambi has his pardon for the traitor all set, ready to go.

ExpressoBold on March 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Actually, that sounds like an excellent reason to drag this out for another four years.

RoadRunner on March 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I smell an “Obama Pardon” when he is finished his second term.
Maybe they could “switch places”

Art on March 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

He should be hanged,.. the traditional method for erasing traitors…

and the Wiki Leaks Aussie needs a visit from a CIA wet team. He got Afghan civilians and their families murdered, but to him.. that’s OK, because they were helping that evil America.

So a candyboy in a snit, betrayed his country to an expat Aussie who likes raping female staff.. and of course the left loves them for it.

a rope.. and a K-Bar could solve both problems..

mark81150 on March 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

A morally strong people would have tried and hung both Hassan and Manning. This nonsense says more about the degredation of the United States than it says about either of these “men.”

Quartermaster on March 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM