— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 30, 2013
This was by far the most serious charge against Bradley Manning. Some more reactions…
Details: Manning spared life sentence but could still face jail time with lesser convictions http://t.co/soIeCFlsjj
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 30, 2013
— Carwil Bjork-James (@CarwilJ) July 30, 2013
Remember, you can torture with impunity, but if you tell the public about torture and other criminal acts by government, you go to jail.
— Dan Gillmor (@dangillmor) July 30, 2013
CORRECTION: Had Manning been convicted of “aiding the enemy” would have set dangerous precedent for future dissemination of information.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 30, 2013
Wikileaks says Bradley Manning faces 136 years for the charges he was just convicted of. More reaction: http://t.co/ieWNo0j56d
— ABC News (@ABC) July 30, 2013
All in all at least, it’s good to know that he won’t be charged with the absolutely asinine crime of aiding the enemy, but the fact that he’s still being charged with espionage and faces as much potential jail time as he does, it alarming and offensive to democracy and liberty, as far as I see it. The Obama administration’s aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers takes a step back in some small measure with the acquittal of the “aiding the enemy” charge. It’s something.