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What should be done with Bradley Manning?

Bradley Manning (born December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

The trial is expected to begin in June 2013.

Some groups are advocating that he be set free for exposing corruption, cover-ups and misuses of power during the Iraq war. e.g.

2He should be given the death penalty.
3He should get life in prison.
1He should get at least 20 years in prison.
0He should get at least 10-20 years in prison.
0He should get at least 5-10 years in prison.
3He should get under 5 years in prison.
8He should be set free.

posted 6-Feb-2013 2:41pm  
I'm not familiar with the case. From what I understand he was exposing corruption, I say free Manning, let him go.
posted 6-Feb-2013 3:36pm  
I don't know enough about this incident. He was arrested on a suspicious, and it's innocent until proven guilty.
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 7-Feb-2013 7:49am  
Meh. Let him go. Fighting is dumb.
posted 7-Feb-2013 8:17am  
That's the messiest website, for sure. I still cant work out what he exposed. I vote prison, there are rules and procedures and ways of dealing with jatters. Trolling Wikileaks isnt one of them.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 7-Feb-2013 10:49am  
I don't know enough about the case, and I don't have the time to read up on it. My inclination is to say let him go if he really was a whistleblower. But I also understand that classified information is a more complicated topic, and presumably the government doesn't want to encourage people to think that they can divulge classified information with impunity.
JessicaWoman99 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 7-Feb-2013 6:46pm  
I do not know enough about Bradley Manning I wonder if he is Peyton Mannings brother?
posted 9-Feb-2013 11:06am  
This isn't something that I'm familiar with, so I took a gander at the wikipedia article in the link. I didn't come across anything that struck me as particularly treasonous. His lawyer's contention that he has been denied a speedy trial seems quite valid.

Yeah, I think he should be released.
posted 10-Feb-2013 6:48pm  
Life in prison..
posted 18-Feb-2013 7:44pm  
Set free.

I believe in as much government transparency as possible. If the public finds anything government says or does as unacceptable, they shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
I understand the concept of protecting info which can be used by an enemy, but as I see it, even data-privacy during warfare has become a lost cause, and I don't see that the US requires that advantage.
(reply to Dino) posted 18-Feb-2013 7:56pm  
He exposed the military taking out a van of field news reporters, then taking out a van of people, including children, trying to save the reporters.

The incident itself was an instance of the larger issue of the public having a right to know what was happening in the war, beyond the biased propoganda provided by embedded reporters.
To expose this degree of propoganda cover-up, Manning had to expose it to such degree through an unaffiliated media (wikileaks) such that the story could not be buried. Whethar or not he ever anticipated being caught, broad coverage of his leaks were also important towards public awareness of his role, such that his public trial could not also be buried in the media and lead to a quiet conviction.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 3-Mar-2013 5:29pm  
Every time I see this survey, I start thinking "Put him in the longboat 'til he's sober..." Not very helpful.

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