Bradley Manning’s Millenial Consequences
Bradley Manning has written a letter to President Obama requesting a pardon. I doubt that’s ever going to happen, and I’d be angry if it did. From Manning’s letter:
I understand that my actions violated the law; I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.
Manning swore an oath to protect and defend the United States. This is something all members of the armed services do. You made an oath, and just because you were (rightly) alarmed about abuses it does not give you the right to broadcast America’s secrets to the world. As we are now seeing with Snowden, it really feels as if we have a generation of Americans who believe that simply spewing out digital information because they’ve appointed themselves as the deciders, they should live without consequence.
Bradley Manning broke the law and his oath as a defender of the Constitution. There are very severe consequences to violating that trust. Live with them.