National Whistleblowers Center Issues Statement on Manning Verdict
Washington, D.C. July 30, 2013. The National Whistleblowers Center
issued a statement expressing relief that the military court today
refused to find Bradley Manning guilty of "aiding the enemy." The
charge, if it had been sustained on appeal, could have resulted in Mr.
Manning spending the rest of his life in prison.
"It was wrong for the government to charge Mr. Manning with the
offense of 'aiding the enemy.' Mr. Manning pleaded guilty to lesser
offenses related to his disclosure of classified information. That
should have ended the case. Charging a whistleblower with the crime of
'aiding the enemy,' simply because the whistleblower provided
information to the news media, was wrong and was designed to improperly
scare other citizens into silence. The court's refusal to convict on
this count was well supported by the evidence and consistent with the
First Amendment. Court's are required to balance the public right to
know with the government's interest in secrecy."
For more information contact Mary Jane Wilmoth, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-342-1902.