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August 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM
Manning is a traitor
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
August 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Manning endangered troops
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
August 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Manning should not be the one on trial
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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