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June 5, 2013

The Big Deal Surrounding Bradley Manning

With the court-martial underway, I was wondering if the scale here is saying anything to you?

(photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters. caption: U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (3rd L) departs after day two of his court-martial at Fort Meade, Maryland June 4, 2013. The court-martial of Manning, accused of the biggest breach of classified information in U.S. history, focused Tuesday on his motivations for giving secrets to the WikiLeaks website in 2010 and prosecutors sought to show he leaked documents and discussed it with others.)

  • Stanco55

    Goddamn! You’d think he had the dark side at his command!

    This is Bully America at its blatant best- clueless as to the image they are actually portraying (David vs Goliaths), as opposed to that which they wish us to believe (the mad terrorist/killer walking amongst us). Our homegrown “evil doer” is flanked by the patriotic manifestations of a free and open society- secretive, heavily armed, military giants operating in the shadows of anonymity.

    This is their piss poor B plan after failing to drive him insane after months of white noise, solitary and sleep deprivation.

  • davemclane

    It’s unclear to me that is being said. One possibility is Manning is being more safely protected from somebody suddenly appearing and shooting him which is what happened to Lee Harvey Oswald.

    See http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/LHO9.htm

    • jonst

      And what President did Manning assassinate? It crystal clear to me, anyway, exactly what the purpose of this state stage crafted melodrama is…intimidation of future Bradley Mannings. Oh, the hue and cry if a Republican was doing this.

  • black_dog_barking

    One of these is not like all the others. (Besides the fact that all but one wear glasses.)

    Gotta beef up protection. Julian Assange has tendrils everywhere.

  • acm

    Had no idea he was so small. That is striking, as is the fact that he’s the only one in dress uniform with bars et al. — it almost makes him look like an artificial person (or doll) amongst the other, larger, combat-dressed men. Add in how unfamiliar we are with his style of hat (being more used to the desert-combat look of the outside guys) and he looks even more “foreign,” strange. Not sure what to take from it, other than a sense of unreality.

  • acm

    Just noticed that the “desert combat look” guys are actually police! I suppose MP’s, but still, that jarred me again.

  • psychohistorian

    What is on trial is truth and transperancy.

    Gawd knows we can’t have either of those and we have fear and control on our side.

  • Sirius_TheStarDog

    David metes the Goliath.

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