November 29, 2012

Judge partially approves Manning plea bargain

Huffington Post - A judge accepted the terms under which Manning would plead guilty to eight charges for sending classified documents to the secret-spilling WikiLeaks website.

Col. Denise Lind's ruling doesn't mean the pleas have been formally accepted. That could happen in December.

But Lind approved the language of the offenses to which Manning would admit.

She said those offenses carry a total maximum prison term of 16 years.

Manning made the offer as a way of accepting responsibility for the leak. Government officials have not said whether they would continue prosecuting him for the other 14 counts he faces, including aiding the enemy. That offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shit! What can his lawyers be thinking of.

Anonymous said...

His lawyers are thinking that you can't win a fight with a 1000 lb gorilla, so you have to try limit the damage you're going to suffer.

Anonymous said...

But he has the law --clearly-written law-- on his side!

It is a federal felony to attempt to use the classification system to hide a crime or prevent embarrassing the powerful. The classification stamps on such material are evidence of a crime in themselves, but they do not have the effect of classifying whatever it is.

I know this because ages ago I had one of those "above top secret" clearances, and had to understand when to use or not use the array of classification stamps on my desk.