Bradley Manning: traitor or hero?

February 28, 2013, 10:37 PM GMT+0

Bradley Manning, the Army Private accused of being the major supplier of confidential Government information to Wikileaks, entered his plea today. He has pleaded not guilty to the most serious charges, including aiding the enemy, and guilty to 16 of the lesser charges.

While many see Manning as traitor and one of his charges, aiding the enemy, carries a potential capital offense, some have argued that Manning's actions were justified for the cause of greater Government transparency.

During his hearing, Manning explained his actions by saying that "he became increasingly disillusioned after being sent to Iraq by actions that 'didn't seem characteristic' of the U.S., the leader of free world. He hoped that the documents would "'spark domestic debate' on foreign policy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (...)'"

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