Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

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 Maning, charged in the largest leak of classified material in U.S. history. pleaded guilty, saying he intended to begin a national debate. In this June 25, 2012 file photo he is seen being escorted out of a courhouse in Fort Meade, Md. (ASSOCIATED PRESS/PATRICK SEMANSKY)

Pfc. Bradley Maning, charged in the largest leak of classified material in U.S. history., pleaded guilty, saying he intended to begin a national debate. In this June 25, 2012 file photo, he is seen being escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. (ASSOCIATED PRESS/PATRICK SEMANSKY)

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

Comments | More in Iraq war, military | Topics: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►