Assange: Manning Verdict a Dangerous Precedent
He praises whistleblower, blasts Obama
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2013 11:41 PM CDT
Updated Jul 31, 2013 1:03 AM CDT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.   (AP Photo/Juan Passarelli, Sunshine Press Productions)

(Newser) – Bradley Manning is "the most important journalistic source that the world has ever seen," and "WikiLeaks will not rest until he is free," Julian Assange says. Manning's conviction on charges including espionage sets a "dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism," warns Assange, who still won't confirm or deny whether Manning, who could face a sentence of up to 130 years, provided WikiLeaks with hundreds of thousands of classified US military documents, Reuters reports.

As a candidate, President Obama praised "whistleblowing as an act of courage and patriotism," but his actions have made a mockery of his words, says Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy for more than a year. Manning's conviction makes it more likely that the US government will attempt to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder as a co-conspirator, Assange's American attorney tells the Washington Post. During the trial, prosecutors kept claiming that Manning was acting under the direction of Assange and WikiLeaks, he says. "That’s a very bad sign about what the US government wants to do to Julian Assange."

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kawahchan
Aug 2, 2013 11:14 AM CDT
http://www.dw.de/extend-first-amendment-to-whistleblowers/a-16991347 (R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Long time ago, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel should tell that N!gger and Hillary Clinton to get lost. Mr. Bradley Manning's lawyer and his mother should know that the American Democrats put Manning to burden on their "black wok", all the lousy mess from Robert M. Gates, Michael (Mike) Mullen, Stanley McChrystal, David Pertaeus, these people had been involved Barack Obama's war-criminal act; Chancellor Angela Merkel, ask youself, how many times (D) Obama-Clinton administration have been made VETO in U.N. Security Council ? If Bradley Manning has to take a blame and charged for life-time prison term for this war-criminal N!gger, that is really to shut out the heavens with one hand, to use an innocent Bradley Manning's Conscience to hide the truth from the Obama's war-crime and Hillary Clinton's masses of falsehood, incongruities. * If Bradley Manning is a Republican, not a Democrat, we will either grant him an Amnesty for how he feels his Conscience to this Kenyan black war-criminal Barack Obama's wrong doing in his war act; or Republicans will sentence Manning to serve as a Peace Corps official to secure CIA operation abroad. Manning is so young, good and smart little guy.
oldgoat
Jul 31, 2013 9:47 AM CDT
Bradley isn't a important journalistic source. He is a person that broke his oath and decided what shouldn't be secret anymore. What is a dangerous precedent is that he was found not guilty. Also the news sources that reported the information that he stole should have to bear responsibility and punishment. They have the right for freedom of information, but it doesn't mean that they have the right to release illegal information. Kind of like you don't have have right to yell FIRE in a theater just because of freedom of speech.
$3758165
Jul 31, 2013 8:37 AM CDT
I wonder if the other incarcerated military men in the brig are going to see Manning as a "hero" the way a lot of non-military people do once they're cohabitating?