With her trial in the rearview mirror, Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning could benefit from a tactical pivot by at least some of her ardent supporters, redirecting their efforts to doing whatever is practically necessary to secure her release from prison rather than simply promoting her case as a vehicle for fighting the wider and very dangerous crackdown on whistle-blowers.
After a three year court-martial ended in a conviction on 17 counts of theft, espionage and other alleged crimes against the interests of the American public, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the admitted source of the largest classified leak in U.S. history, is still free.
The military judge presiding over the trial of Bradley Manning decided Thursday to retain a charge accusing the Army private of “aiding the enemy.” Manning’s defenders sought to have the charge dismissed earlier in the week.
Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he illegally acquired a cache of U.S. state secrets and later provided it to WikiLeaks, but not guilty to the most serious charge against him—that he “aided the enemy.”