He betrayed the United States. For that betrayal he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in prison.Captain Joe Morrow • During his closing statements, on behalf of the prosecution in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, which also included a call for the presiding judge Colonel Denise Lind to send Manning to jail for at least 60 years. Col. Lind has already ruled out the possibility of any sentence longer than 90 years, despite the fact that the accumulated charges against Pfc. Manning technically qualify him for up to 136 years behind bars, but has given no other indicator of what to expect from the sentence when it arrivess either this week or next. source
Look. As long as [Jeff] Bezos was doing nothing but running Amazon, there wasn’t much reason for people to care about his politics. I certainly didn’t care about them. But when you’re about to become a major force in the political life of Washington by buying a diminished but still immensely powerful outlet like The Post, that’s a different story.Retired Washington Post employee and Fortune senior editor at large Allan Sloan • In a column-long plea to learn more about the new boss’ political views, which have been shrouded in secrecy, but are expected to lean libertarian. It may seem like a silly thing to worry about, but then Sloan makes a perfectly fair point here: “I can’t forget what happened after Rupert Murdoch bought the then-upscale New York Post from its liberal owner, Dorothy Schiff, in 1976. Murdoch assured the paper’s staff that he’d retain the Post’s essential character as a serious newspaper. And we all know how that turned out.”
Pfc. Bradley Manning • In a brief statement, delivered before Judge Col. Denise Lind during the sentencing phase of Manning’s trial. Pfc. Manning was found guilty on 20 of the 21 charges brought against him by prosecutors, for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks back in 2010, and faces up to 90 years in prison if given the maximum penalty for each count. A sentence is expected to be handed down sometime next week. (ht Ars Technica) source
I was dealing with a lot of issues, issues that are ongoing and continuing to affect me. Although a considerable difficulty in my life, these issues are not an excuse for my actions.
I understood what I was doing, and decisions I made. However, I did not fully appreciate the broader effects of my actions.
Those factors are clear to me now, through both self-refection during my confinement in various forms, and through the merits and sentencing testimony that I have seen here.
I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions. When I made these decisions I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people.