Bradley Manning, the gay U.S. soldier who has spent 10 months in solitary confinement on suspicion of sending government secrets to WikiLeaks, now faces the possibility of the death penalty. Unfortunate details after the jump.
The intelligence specialist has been handed 22 additional military charges as part of his court martial process, which come on top of initial charges of having handed over more than 50 government cables to an unauthorized person.
The Guardian Reports that “Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, said that the most serious of the new charges was the Article 104 offense of ‘aiding the enemy.’”
This charge includes “giving intelligence to the enemy,” which defines an enemy as "organized opposing forces in time of war, but also other hostile body that our forces may be opposing such as a rebellious mob or a band of renegades". Enemies could be military or civilian in nature.
The charge carries a potential death sentence.
It seems hard to comprehend everything that has happened with Manning and WikiLeaks in the past year, and it seems even more difficult to make a judgement. Obviously, the average citizen is not privy to all the details, and all we mostly hear are the responses from people like Obama and Secretary Clinton. But, having said that, what are your thoughts on Manning and his possible punishment of convicted?