This piece of shit got American soldiers killed, he’s not a hero, he’s a fuck up and a murderer! Even he’s admitted that, from his own mouth! Pay attention people, he’s says he was wrong! WTF
The claim that American soldiers died as a result of Manning’s disclosures is typically tied to the disclosure of the Afghan war logs. The evidence on this point is extraordinarily lacking. Retired Brigadier General Robert Carr stated after Manning’s trial that "he had never heard that a source named in the Afghan war logs was killed." Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated in 2010 that the alleged harm caused by Manning’s disclosures was “fairly significantly overwrought.” This is important, because if even a single American soldier had been killed as a result of Manning’s disclosures, Gates’ statement would have been a gaffe of epic proportions. He would have been accused of ignoring or minimizing the deaths of American Soldiers. Luckily for Gates, it was not a gaffe, because not a single journalist with any credibility—nor a military official with access to government intelligence—has ever established a link between Manning’s disclosures and the death of a single American soldier.
With respect to being a “fuck up and a murderer,” I think you will find that Manning said no such thing. What he did do is express regret for his actions during the sentencing phase of his trial because that’s what one does when one is in front of a judge who is about to determine how many years of your life you get to spend in a cage once the proceedings are over. When you go before a judge to receive your sentence, expressions of defiance and pride are generally met with a longer sentence. It is silly to presume from statements made at Manning’s sentencing hearing that he was admitting to being a “fuck up and a murderer.” I’m quite sure if you were placed in the same position, you would plead for mercy as well, as would I, and most sensible people who’s liberty is at steak.
If you are worried about the lives of American soldiers, then I suggest you save your anger for the American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who have committed various war crimes—many of whom were convicted by military Courts Martial according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. These war crimes enrage the populace of Afghanistan and encourage them to take up arms against American soldiers—which is to say that they serve as recruiting tools for the terrorist organizations that are shooting at American soldiers overseas. The American soldiers in the stories linked above have done far more to put other American soldiers’ life at risk than Bradley Manning ever did. Manning simply told the truth on a subject of great importance to the American electorate, which should never be considered a crime.