Dec 13, 2013
Bradley Manning for President in 2040?
Posted on Dec 6, 2012
If a federal judge doesn’t sentence him to life in prison, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst accused of handing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, may want to run for public office.
Through his lawyer David Coombs, Manning has said he may be willing to plead guilty to a set of charges that would put him in jail for up to 16 years. The charges the government is pursuing could land him in prison for life.
In a rare public speech outside Manning’s courtroom this week, Coombs condemned the soldier’s conditions in solitary confinement, saying “Brad’s treatment at Quantico will forever be etched into our nation’s history as a disgraceful moment in time.”
“Not only was it stupid and counterproductive, it was criminal,” he continued. “An entire group of individuals, who I have no doubt were honorable, chose to turn a blind eye to how he was being treated. … They cared about something more: the media impact.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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