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August 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Manning’s guilty verdict

Manning endangered troops

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 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.]

I am a liberal without a bleeding heart. Pfc. Bradley Manning will receive a punishment that he has righteously earned. [“Northwest Voices: Bradley Manning,” Opinion, Aug. 2.]

He was given an unjustifiable reprieve when acquitted of directly aiding and abetting the enemy. It is clear that he set out to harm the dear old United States of America by revealing thousands of sensitive documents to WikiLeaks.

It is no coincidence that some of what he revealed wound up on Osama bin Laden’s computer when it was confiscated during the Abbottabad raid, as prosecutors argued.

If any of his revelations harmed one hair on my son’s head while he served his two tours in Iraq, I would advocate for the death penalty.

LeRoy Loiselle, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Afghanistan, Bradley Manning, guilty

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