The U.S. Army Private and Disco enthusiast accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents is set to face a whole slew of new charges. Private Bradley Manning is currently being beaten and sodomized in a Marine Corps prison in Virginia before his main raping in front of a military tribunal later this year.

“Pte Manning, who joined the US military in 2007, was initially charged in May with 12 counts of illegally downloading and sharing a secret video of a US military operation and secret military and diplomatic documents and cables.

The new charges accuse the soldier of using unauthorised software on government computers to download classified information and to make intelligence available to “the enemy”. Under the US Uniform Code of Military Justice, the offence is punishable by death.

But in a news release, the US Army said prosecutors would not be recommending the death penalty. “If convicted of all charges, Manning would face a maximum punishment of… confinement for life,” said the statement.” – BBC NEWS

Personally, I believe that whistleblowers are a rare breed. It takes guts to expose corruption and wrongdoing at the highest levels. And, it takes a real commitment to truth and justice to face the consequences. And of course this would all be very commendable if not for one small detail: this guy is an idiot and he pretty much threw his life away for no good reason.

The really sad thing about the Wikileaks papers is that they don’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know. Or, suspect at least. I’ve spent months now examining them in some detail. Here’s what they say in a nutshell:

The rest of the world is a very fucked up place. It’s full of psychos and bogeymen and nutjobs and assholes. There’s also very little we can realistically do about this. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are going nowhere and we’re blowing tons of money there. Oh yeah, and we’ve killed just about everything that walks or crawls in the Middle East at one time or another.

There you have it. Real top secret stuff, right? This would all be worth it if we got the real alien autopsy video or the Executive Order for having Oswald killed. This just seems kind of silly. This is like spending the rest of your life in jail for revealing to the world that there are kid-touching freaks in the Catholic Church or that Dick Cheney likes oil.


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