PRIVATE BRADLEY MANNING PLEADS GUILTY TO 10 CHARGES OF LEAKING SENSITIVE MILITARY DOCUMENTS TO WIKILEAKS – The U.S. Army Analyst has pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges filed against him for leaking diplomatic cables and secret documents to the Wikileaks website.
In a statement that Private Bradley Manning read to the court hearing he openly admitted that he did leak the documents on the grounds that the general public had a right to know of the atrocities being carried out by U.S. Military Personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Private Manning went on to say that his actions allowed him to feel as if he had accomplished something for the greater good and left him with a clear conscience.
One particular incident that moved Private Manning to release the documents was that of the actions of the Assault Helicopter unit that killed eleven men, including a Reuters reporter, of which the Pentagon made a statement that the crew mistook the reporters camera for a weapon. However, Private Manning, after viewing the cockpit tape thought that the crew were simply out for blood and reveled in the slaughter. The following video is the actual footage… we leave it up to you to decided.
Private Manning also went on to describe a number of the ‘diplomatic’ cables and viewed these as those in power engaging in criminality that was not fitting nor did it reflect the ideologies of the so-call leader of the free world and democracy. While admitting that leaking the cables was a criminal act he felt that releasing such information would not put lives at risk but would severely damage the credibility of the U.S. Government.
If found guilty Private Manning could face the next 20 years in prison.
After reviewing the video above it is without doubt a most disturbing piece of footage and it clearly shows that the crew of the attack helicopter enjoyed the carnage and killing. As we live in an age of political correctness and liberal understanding of people’s human right, have we forgotten that we train our Armed Forces Personnel to be aggressive? Isn’t it their job, by design of training to kill?
The argument, like any argument, could go both ways, that is the crew of the attack helicopter took their actions too far and were not either responsible or profession in the execution of their duties. On the other side is the fact that the crew members were in a hostile situation where adrenalin runs high in order to keep them alert and alive.
As for Private Manning, should he be labeled as a criminal or a heroic whistleblower? Again this can be argued either way, but as much as the U.S. Government would like to vilify Private Manning it is far being able to wash its hands clean of the blood; which many believe was an illegal invasion, concocted by George W. Bush and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, that would enable both nations to carve up Iraq’s oil reserves.
One thing we do know and that is all Government heavily restricts the information given to the public and do so through a number of legislative enactments that prevent us from seeing or hearing the truth.