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Glenn Greenwald on the Shocking New Charges Against Bradley Manning -- Could Get Death Penalty

The Salon blogger describes on Democracy Now why the new charges against Bradley Manning are so nefarious.

Glenn Greenwald -- Salon columnist, Constitutional law attorney, Bradley Manning advocate -- appeared on Democracy Now this morning to elucidate why the new charges against Bradley Manning are so nefarious. "Although the charging document does not say who the 'enemy is,' there’s only two possibilities," Greenwald says. "Either they mean Wikileaks … or any kind of leak now of classified information to newspapers where your intent is not to aid the Taliban, but expose wrongdoing." He continues:

In the past, aiding the enemy has been reserved for acts where somebody in the US government, like CIA officials, actually transmit intelligence information intended to be received by the enemy... where the intention was really to put it into their hands and help them in terms of being able to use it. There's very few cases, if there are any, where aiding the enemy has been invoked in order to convict somebody who's clearly acting as a whistleblower, and not giving any information to the enemy but simply intending that it be publicly written about and talked about in order to achieve reforms.

Watch now, full transcript coming soon:


Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is an associate editor at AlterNet and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. Formerly the executive editor of The FADER, her work has appeared in VIBE, SPIN, New York Times and various other magazines and websites.
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