March 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM
Private considered WikiLeaks a chance to start national debate
Manning’s actions are a public good
Pfc. Bradley Manning is on trial — and facing 20 years in prison — for releasing classified information on American troop actions in Iraq ["Private saw WikiLeaks as chance to start a debate," News, March 1]. One video shows American forces killing civilians — including children — then firing on those who came to their rescue. These actions are war crimes under the Geneva Convention.
Yet Manning is the only one being punished, while the [shooters] go free. They are even referred to as “heroes” because they wear the uniform. They give our real heroes a bad name.
Manning has done us a good turn by bringing war crimes to light.
–Anne Thureson, Seattle
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