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August 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Manning convicted of violating oaths and expectations

Manning is a traitor

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. [AP Photo/Patrick Semansky.]

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges. [AP Photo/Patrick Semansky.]

Pfc. Bradley Manning was a volunteer; he was not drafted. [“Editorial: Manning no precedent,” Opinion, Aug. 6.]

Manning took an oath; there was no coercion. He made a decision not in keeping with that oath. He knew the regulations and the laws that governed his military activities. He did not comply with those regulations and laws.

He made a decision that was not his to make. He is not a hero; he is perhaps more of a traitor than Edward Snowden.

Bill Ward, Redmond

 

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