Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate, and Floyd Abrams, who argued for The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case, discuss the sentencing in the trial of WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning. A judge has sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison. He was acquitted on charges of aiding the enemy but convicted of several lesser charges. Abrams is a First Amendment lawyer and author of Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment. Kaplan is also author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War.
Yesterday, a military judge found Pvt. Bradley Manning not guilty of “aiding the enemy” for releasing hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks. Amidst the mix of rumblings and applause that followed the verdict were the echoes of another case: the 1971 Pentagon Papers. Floyd Abrams defended The New York Times in that case, and joins The Takeaway to discuss the impact of yesterday's ruling on the freedom of the press and the First Amendment.
Floyd Abrams, First Amendment lawyer and the author of Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment looks back on his legal career dedicated to defending First Amendment rights, from the Pentagon Papers to Citizens United.
Nearly two years ago, a bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled that the American government could not ban political spending by corporations and labor unions during electoral campaigns. The case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, overruled important precedents about the First Amendment rights of corporations and dramatically altered the way campaigns are conducted.