Bradley Manning: The Unlikely Hero

Author: Kate Derringer Barclay
Published: July 07, 2012 at 4:07 pm
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For the past two years, there has been a question that has been on the mouths of
many: is Bradley Manning a hero or a villain? To me, the answer is simple.

In 2010, Private First Class Manning was arrested in Iraq.

In America, we are supposed to be innocent until guilty, right? Isn't that one of the beautiful aspects of our country's legal system? Despite a Harvard law degree, Barack Obama fails to realize that and has personally said that he feels that Private First Class Manning broke the law. If you don't believe me, look it up on Google.

Well, many of us do not agree with President Obama. Now, some of you probably think I'm crazy, right? Well, say what you want but a quote from multiple news sources says otherwise:

"So people can have philosophical views [about Bradley Manning] but I can't conduct diplomacy on an open source [basis]... That's not how the world works. And if you're in the military... And I have to abide by certain rules of classified information. If I were to release material I weren't allowed to, I'd be breaking the law. We're a nation of laws! We don't let individuals make their own decisions about how the laws operate. He broke the law."

How about that?!?! Despite once calling whistleblowers and their actions "courageous acts of patriotism". However, his actions are claiming otherwise.

Private First Class Manning is being villainized. Despite being charged with the biggest leak in American history, there is little evidence that any of it actually harmed national security. Besides, shouldn't this information be free? Why shouldn't we know what our government is doing?

Now, here is what no one wants you to see: the "Collateral Murder" video which shows two pilots shooting unarmed civilians, including to journalists:

 
 

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Article Author: Kate Derringer Barclay

Kate Derringer Barclay is the pseudonym of a freelance writer and blogger. For as long as she can remember, she has loved to write! She is a student who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with her chinchilla, guinea pig, and rat. …

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