Is Chelsea Manning a whistleblower or a traitor? | The Tylt
Is Chelsea Manning a whistleblower or a traitor?
Manning's 35-year prison term seemed grossly punitive to many. She had already spent about seven years in prison—double the second-longest sentence in any leak case. Activists say she was treated unfairly compared to other whistleblowers. In their eyes, Manning's actions were entirely in the public interest and did not put anyone in danger.
But John Yoo, the George W. Bush-era Deputy Assistant Attorney General who famously authored the "Torture Memos," argues Chelsea Manning committed a grave crime against the United States and should have been punished to the fullest extent.
Bradley Manning caused one of the most harmful leaks in American history. He released into the public eye the identities of foreigners helping the U.S. in war zones, the means and methods of U.S. military operations, and our sensitive diplomatic communications with other nations. Lives—American and foreign—no doubt were lost because of the leaks. If anyone can think of a more harmful blow to U.S. intelligence in our history, let’s hear it. He should have been sentenced to close to the 90 years that were still possible.
Many people are celebrating her release as a triumph for justice.
1. Chelsea Manning is a real hero who suffered terribly. Let's celebrate her release and be furious she was ever jailed to begin with.