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Steve Benson

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  1. wolfhoundblues1

    wolfhoundblues1 said, about 3 years ago

    I am torn on this one. He exposed the lies of this administratin and he divulged patterns (also considered secrets).
    1/2 whistleblower. 1/2 non-specific spy.

  2. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 3 years ago

    The Obama administration has been hammering on anyone who dares reveal their “secrets,” including those who are keeping the American people informed. It would have been nice if Manning had had a way to bring this into the open apart from Wikileaks, but I think you can say he was a genuine patriot.

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Whistleblowers are doing what newspapers and actual news professionals used to do. Revealing illegal, improper, or unsafe practices in gov’t or in the public sectors is urgent. I share motivemagus’s view that this release should have been done through another source other than wikileaks, but since Mr. Manning did not flee the country and stood up for what he believed and what he did, I consider him more patriot than traitor, unlike Mr. Snowden. Snowden did reveal a program the American people needed to know existed, but then he ran, with his computer and the info he’d collected, to nations with whom we are in many levels of competition. That was neither brave nor wise.

  4. Bandusia15

    Bandusia15 said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    What’s more Snowden said he was prepared to face the consequences of his whistle blowing, then fled like a coward. Both he and Julian Assange are pathetic attention seekers, first and foremost, self-interest not patriotism is their motivation.

  5. Patrick Hewitt

    Patrick Hewitt said, about 3 years ago

    why do you people always blame Obama’s administration for all these secrets and lies that have been exposed. All the presidents and congress knew about them as they were happening. If you are going to blame Obama then blame Bush 1 & 2, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon,Johnson, Kennedy, and so on. Congress for all of these years is to blame. Don’t pick this administration only because you don’t like it.

  6. lbalch

    lbalch said, about 3 years ago

    The problem at it’s simplest is why does the government classify so many things as secret that they have to give clearance to over 1 million people in order for them to do their jobs.

  7. tabonsell

    tabonsell said, about 3 years ago


    Among the items released by Manning were:

    32-page DoD report from 2008;

    July 12, 2007 video of airstrike on noncombatants;

    Military reports from Jan. 2007 to De. 2009;

    251,287 State Dept. cables from Dec. 1966 to Feb. 2010.

    So just how are those “lies by this administration?”

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    Manning was kept in a cell in solitary confinement with no clothes for minimum 23 hours per day for months. This falls under our government’s accepted definition of torture. Or, it did, before we decided the Geneva Conventions were “quaint”. And this before he was tried, let alone convicted.

    When are we going to learn that we are being played by our government? While we debate (argue about) minutiae, they are finding more ways to get around the law (that’s what lawyers do for a living, you know), and more ways to punish you for knowing the truth.

    But as long as we can watch Dancing with the Stars, we’ll be just fine.

    VOTE THE BUMS OUT. And keep doing it. It took us a long time to establish this current elite cabal of watchers. It will take us quite a while for the watched to rid ourselves of them. It is up to us; no one can do it for us. Ignore this truth at your (and America’s) peril.

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 3 years ago

    Funny how you want to take down Obamacare, government activity of any kind for gun control or anything else — until suddenly you are willing to accept the word of the government that “classified” information is justifiably classified? Really?
    Get a clue — or get consistent.

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    @Patrick Hewitt

    “Don’t pick this administration only because you don’t like it.”

    It’s worse than that. They don’t know enough about it to like or not like it.

    They just know what they’ve been told to think.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    “You reek of hypocrisy.”

    Or ignorance. No shortage of that, either.

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