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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Manning guilty, but did not aid enemy

Manning should not be the one on trial

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, after receiving a verdict in his court martial. Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks. [AP Photo/Patrick Semansky.]

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, after receiving a verdict in his court martial. Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks. [AP Photo/Patrick Semansky.]

Pfc. Bradley Manning was anything but naive. [“Manning guilty of most charges; didn’t aid enemy,” page one, July 31.]

Manning knew that getting the truth out (facts about U.S. war crimes) may well lead to jail, but heroically, he did it anyway.

While avoiding the most serious charge, this truth-teller still faces decades of jail time, and that is an abomination of justice. The war criminals in the Pentagon and the White House should be behind bars instead.

Doug Barnes, Seattle

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