Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst, was arrested in May 2010 and charged with ?transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system,? and ?communicating, transmitting and delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source? (Wiki Leaks) under the Uniform Code of Military Justice on July 25, 2010.
Manning is being charged due to fact that he allegedly released a video of 2007 military air strike in Baghdad along with several thousand documents containing sensitive material.
The release of this information is not only controversial because it is a piece of military intelligence released to the public with out permission, but also because the video depicts what appears to be an air strike on civilians and other incidents considered to be war crimes under the Geneva Conventions.
The thousands of documents Bradley Manning also allegedly released contained crucial military intelligence, such as the names and whereabouts of soldiers still stationed Afghanistan, that could put lives of many American troops in danger.
Manning has many supporters throughout the country declaring him a national hero. One of those supporters is Marjorie Cohn, writer for MWC news and professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Cohn and others are touting his heroism and demanding his immediate release.
However, not everyone is on Manning?s side. Many of the opponents are not only branding Bradley Manning a traitor, but are also calling for his execution. One of those opponents is Representative Mike Rogers (R – MI). In August 2010, the congressman stated to a Michigan radio station, ?The death penalty clearly should be considered here. [Manning] clearly aided the enemy to what may result in the death of US soldiers or those cooperating.?
So, who is Bradley Manning? A national hero for bringing to light the military?s attempt to cover-up war crimes or a treasonous spy who put the lives of countless American troops in danger. Should he be given a medal for his bravery or should he be shot for his crimes?
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