Pfc. Bradley Manning, in happier times
Today the Army finally hit Bradley Manning with 22 additional charges, including a potential capital crime:
WASHINGTON — The Army announced 22 additional charges on Wednesday against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the military intelligence analyst who is accused of leaking a trove of government files to WikiLeaks a year ago.
The new charges included “aiding the enemy”; wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, knowing that it was accessible to the enemy; multiple counts of theft of public records, transmitting defense information and computer fraud. If he is convicted, Private Manning could be sentenced to life in prison.
It doesn't look like the Army will pursue the death penalty for the "aiding the enemy" charge. This is comforting to Manning, I'm sure.
Which "enemy" did Manning aid? Is Wikileaks an official enemy of the United States? If not, what enemy is the army alleging he helped?
The charges mention the word repeatedly, and add that Manning's alleged assistance was indirect, but the exact name and nature of this enemy is not mentioned, nor specifically how Manning's actions assisted them in some material way. That seems absurd to me.
Because when someone is placed in solitary confinement for 10 months, without a conviction and under extremely punitive conditions, you'd at least think his prosecutors have an obligation to spell that sort of thing the fuck out.