Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Whistleblower Freed

So, the US news sites I checked yesterday didn't even mention it, but yesterday morning whistleblower Bradley/Chelsea Manning was freed after serving seven years of a thirty-five year sentence,  sometimes under conditions international rights groups decried as torture, for leaking news about war crimes ("Collateral Murder") and an illegal surveillance program.

It's been a long time coming.

Now if only the US would stop its attempts to jail Snowden and Assange.

Here's the link.

--John R.


N.E. Brigand said...

It sure seems to me like Julian Assange worked with Vladimir Putin to help Donald Trump win the U.S. election, so I'm not feeling terribly charitable toward him.

Paul W said...

Snowdon, Assange, and Chelsea Manning are not martyrs nor have they been persecuted. Manning was a troubled young person, whose actions put thousands of lives at risk and violated her pledged oath as a soldier. Snowdon was a traitor of the worst sort, who deserves a life sentence at a minimum for his treason. Assange is leader of a terrorist organization devoted to the destruction of the Western world broadly, and the United States specifically.

They did not work to end the war or stop suffering, their actions increased suffering and were designed to make the wars more brutal. Manning most likely didn't realize that, frankly she doesn't seem to be very bright, but Assange and Snowdon both knew what they were doing.