Pardon? Protests? Decades in jail? Or just an interview on 60 Minutes and he fades away? What’s next for the espionage convict, Bradley Manning — hero or villain?
Wall Street Journal: Raises awkward questions over whether leakers like Pfc. Manning provide a public service by revealing secrets or whether such efforts are outweighed by the potential damage to national security. That debate has accelerated in recent months amid the release by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of secret documents detailing America’s expansive surveillance programs.”
New York Magazine: Bradley Manning’s legal team plans to ask the White House to pardon their client, who on Wednesday was sentenced to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act, though the chances of President Obama doing so are slim to none.”
Las Vegas Sun: Demonstrations were held in Chicago, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and other cities. In Las Vegas, the group held signs that read, for example, “Free Bradley Manning Now” and “Honk for Peace.”
New York Times: Manning’s 35-year sentence is the longest ever handed down in a case involving a leak of United States government information for the purpose of having the information reported to the public. Private Manning, 25, will be eligible for parole in about seven years, his lawyer said.”
Government Accountability Project Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack (CNN.com): “Manning is one of the biggest whistle-blowers in U.S. history, and his case is one of the Obama administration’s unprecedented seven prosecutions against national security and intelligence whistleblowers. His disclosures to WikiLeaks revealed war crimes and torture — topics that are surely in the public’s interest to know. The fact that the mainstream media around the world reprinted the bulk of his disclosures is evidence of the clear value in knowing what our government is doing.”