Today Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information that gave the tax-paying public needed insight into the true cost of war. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released the following brief statement, which I think is worth considering:
When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system. A legal system that doesn’t distinguish between leaks to the press in the public interest and treason against the nation will not only produce unjust results, but will deprive the public of critical information that is necessary for democratic accountability. This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.