“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.”
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