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Chelsea Manning on Sunday told a crowd at the annual New Yorker Festival in New York that the information she leaked did not expose names of informants.
Documents - Data
“These aren’t intelligence documents,” she said. “It’s historical data.”
She went on, “There’s nothing sensitive in there, there’s no troop movements,” she added. “It was a historical record of everything that had happened in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Manning - May - Years - Prison - Turns
Manning, who was released in May after seven years in military prison, was by turns impassioned, defensive, humorous and occasionally tearful in a panel discussion with New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar.
This argument is nothing but word salad and nonsense. Manning dumped more than a quarter million diplomatic cables and over 480,000 army reports and couldn’t have sorted through and read them all if he’d had years to work on the project to the exclusion of everything else. The court heard the issue and while the charges of Aiding the Enemy were eventually dropped, 17 other very serious charges stuck. Numerous military spokespeople agreed that our foreign affairs efforts, both diplomatic and military, were damaged by his revelations for years to come.
Historical documents? Yes. So were the plans to West Point when Benedict Arnold turned them over.
Manning - Couple - Operations - Civilians - Anyone
As I’ve said previously, if Manning was truly upset about a couple of military operations where civilians were injured or killed and he couldn’t get anyone in the chain of command to listen to him, he could have just released those two or three videos he claimed were so important. It still would have been aiding the enemy and a breach of his oath, but at least he could...
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