Bradley Manning Verdict

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bradley Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act, but found not guilty of "aiding the enemy" for supplying classified information to Wikileaks. Arun Rath, reporter for Frontline and PRI's The World and new host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, and Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster, 2013), discuss the verdict, and what it means for the military, transparency, and journalism.


Fred Kaplan and Arun Rath

Comments [18]

Please try to have Julian Assange on to discuss this case and others.

(Assange, from his location in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, has been on at least one radio show.)

Aug. 01 2013 02:30 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

They should put bradley manning, in uniform, in the same room as nidal hasan.

Jul. 31 2013 07:31 PM
DTorres from Manhattan

Bradley Manning just looks so fragile, vulnerable to me.
He looks like a lost child.

I wonder, what the screening process is, why they didn't realize
that Bradley Manning was a trouble person.

Jul. 31 2013 12:37 PM

Sentence him to time served. Then give him an honorable discharge and a medal of honor for his courage in the face of the enemies of the American people and the US Constitution, the enemies who are running the US Government, and who hide behind Secrecy.

Jul. 31 2013 11:37 AM
The Truth from Becky

Talking about the President and his wife when this clown and snowden are obvious traitors whom you could be spouting off about, the nerve of you to say the President has any influence over these types. SMH

Jul. 31 2013 11:25 AM
The Truth from Becky

Righht, I'm so sure..that's like saying snowden who is so obviously in love with this country, hiding out in russia holding onto internal secrets...confused,frustrated and wreaking are as silly as that pseudonym you insist on using.

Jul. 31 2013 11:22 AM

Even for WNYC, a sophomoric, disorganized discussion. A "threat to investigative journalists"? These "journolistas" find excuses for their colleagues failure to do basic reporting, what in non-transformational times might be thought of as ordinary trial coverage, because no one provided a pre-digested summary. (a.k.a.: a press-release) No reason for the powerful to fear exposure by investigative journalism - just don't disclose your hidden agendas via press releases.
Will some one take the time to prepare for these discussions?

Jul. 31 2013 10:39 AM
blacksocialist from BKbaby

Caesar - your childlike view of investigative journalism and the gov't would be funny if it weren't so pervasive. when the gov't, which you seem to have the ultimate faith in, acts against the rights of it's citizens, it is the good work of "activist journalists" and whistleblowers which maintain some semblance of democracy

Jul. 31 2013 10:29 AM


If no one ever leaked any classified information what kind of world would we live in?

Just because its classified doesn't give it the stamp of approval that whatever is classified is completely beneficial and useful for all of society? Don't be naive. If classified documents were never leaked we would never have a chance to scrutinize the actions of our government and hold our leaders accountable.

Jul. 31 2013 10:26 AM
Caesar Romaine from NY

Comparing a journalist at the New Yorker or Bob Woodward to an active duty soldier or an intelligence agent working with sensative, classified information, who has vowed secrecy is a red herring. Journalists do not have access to classified information. If they have classified information it is because SOMEONE WHO WAS'T SUPPOSED TO, leaked it to them. Manning and Snowden are spoiled, miscreant millennials who demanded that their world operate the way they think it should operate, not the way it is. Both stories are ripe with tales of their disillusionments. Snowden wanted to go to Iraq to help people (NY Times). His drill instructors informed him he was in the military to kill people, and he thought that was wrong. Manning, a sensative, frustrated private discovered the army he JOINED wasn't very nice to people in WAR and thought it was wrong. Both are criminals.

Jul. 31 2013 10:23 AM

5 charges of espionage? Really? Nobody finds fault with this?

This man did not commit a crime! Nobody is acknowledging the light he shed of the injustices the US military was committing against innocent civilians and journalists! The information which he leaked was of no harm to anybody. There is no hard evidence that what he leaked affected anybody. There is hard evidence that the US military criminally neglected the rights of civilians.

If we want to talk about discretion, lets talk about the lack of discretion used by the soldiers in the leaked videos who indiscriminately murdered innocent journalists and civilians. This discussion is completely off.

Jul. 31 2013 10:22 AM
Amy from Manhattan

If the reporters who broke the story of the abuses at Abu Ghraib could (theoretically) be considered to have aided the enemy by giving them a recruiting tool, then that goes double for the members of the armed forces who carried out those abuses & those who ordered or allowed them to carry out those abuses.

Jul. 31 2013 10:14 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

“the disgusting festering flesh-eating sore that is the US government” (Nick from UWS)

Yikes!!! Actually, it might be time well spent for the NSA to start monitoring this nutty “Nick from UWS.”
This is EXACTLY the cohort that produces Mannings, Snowdens and McVeighs.

Jul. 31 2013 10:07 AM
Nick from UWS

Yes, for Christ's sake I forgot to mention Edward Snowden, maybe the bravest of them all, for attempting to single handedly take on the NSA and ring the alarm bell before we all sink into the terminal quicksand of a true police state.

Jul. 31 2013 10:02 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Since our President, and his wife, have voiced little admiration for this country ... we will see more internal attacks on the nation and we probably have more Mannings and Snowdens in the pipeline. Heaven help us.

I mean, when Obama reveals his inner resentments that this is a congenitally racist and unfair country, why wouldn't we expect that some confused and frustrated young men will take that as a green light to wreak havoc in the name of justice?

Jul. 31 2013 09:55 AM
Nick from UWS

If we had more soldiers of truth as brave as Manning and Assange who have attempted to lance and drain the pus out of the disgusting festering flesh-eating sore that is the US government, we as a country would maybe start to move back towards some kind of health and humanity. Let us hope their work has had some positive long-term effect.

Jul. 31 2013 09:03 AM
BLS Producer

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Jul. 31 2013 08:34 AM
john from office


He is a soldier, not a private person and deserves to be in jail for a very long time.

Jul. 31 2013 08:14 AM

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