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Supporters of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning consider him a ‘patriot,’ not a traitor
The Daily Caller ^ | January 25, 2011 | Alexis Levinson

Posted on 01/27/2011 1:45:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

While much of America views Bradley Manning, the private first class who has been accused of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks, as a traitor, he does have some defenders who consider him nothing less than a patriot.

“He was trying to help the country,” said Kevin Zeese, a member of the steering committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network.

Zeese tells the story of Manning as a loss of innocence tale. The story of Manning, he says, is about “a guy who believes in America,” enlists in the army, and gets to Iraq only to discover that the country has, in Zeese’s words, “gone off track.” If he doesn’t do anything, Zeese said, imagining Manning’s decision-making process, he’d be “complicit.”

“So instead he decides to get evidence out to the media,” Zeese continues. Zeese went on to point out that he could have sold the classified files for a lot of money to unfriendly nations. “That’s what traitors would do.”

“Real political leadership,” Zeese explained, “would acknowledge Manning for these actions and use it as an opportunity to begin a debate on what kind of foreign policy the U.S. should have.”

“He’s a patriot. Not a traitor,” Zeese proclaimed.

Furthering the love-fest, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan implicitly compared Manning to human rights activists on Monday, saying during a discussion about Manning’s situation: “They love to make movies about Nelson Mandela in South Africa.”

“He’s the guy who should be in the gallery when Obama gives his State of the Union speech,” said Zeese, “as a guy who really took risks to make our country better.”

It sounds as though Manning, who is currently being held in solitary confinement at Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, has come to be seen as something of a folk hero. But Zeese shrugs off such a description.

“I like the word patriot better than hero,” he said via e-mail. “If he did what he is accused of he took risks with his personal liberty, knew he risked prosecution in order to make sure the American people knew the truth about U.S. foreign policy.”

But the actions of Manning’s supporters seem to be driven less by a conviction in the morality of his actions and more by anger at the treatment they allege he has received since his arrest.

On Martin Luther King Day, Manning’s supporters held a rally outside of Quantico, protesting Manning’s treatment.

“We wanted to show the Marines that Americans knew how they were treating Manning and that they strongly opposed it,” Zeese said.

On Sunday, David House, a friend of Manning who visits him regularly at Quantico, and Jane Hamsher, founder of the liberal blog Firedoglake, were detained when they attempted to visit Manning. The two were prohibited both from seeing Manning and from leaving the base, and by the time they were released, visiting hours for the week had ended.

Hamsher did not mince words about the fact she believed the motivation behind her detainment was to further mistreat Manning.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the primary objective of everything that happened today was to keep Bradley Manning from having the company of his only remaining visitor,” she wrote after the incident. “What is happening to both of them should be of concern of everyone.”

“The approach of the Marines is going to have the opposite effect they intend,” Zeese said. “I can tell you supporters of Manning are enraged by their behavior and want to take further action. This will escalate the conflict and intensity of support for Manning and it will increase the media attention.”

His prediction may have already come true. Today at the White House press briefing, Jake Tapper of ABC brought up Manning’s case.

“Is the administration satisfied that he’s being kept in conditions that are appropriate for his accused crime and that visitors to Bradley Manning are treated as any visitors to any prison are treated?” Tapper asked White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. Gibbs responded that he hadn’t heard it discussed.

Zeese said Manning’s supporters would not be deterred from advocating his cause.

“The Marines just seem more and more arbitrary and capricious with consistent abuses of their discretion in favor of punishment rather than fair treatment and justice,” Zeese said. “They are not making us afraid. They are making us angry.”


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: aidandcomfort; antiamerican; benedictarnold; bradleymanning; dadt; doaskdotell; enemyoftheus; espionage; homonaziagenda; homosexualagenda; manning; military; proterrorist; traitor; wikileaks
"Us?" You and your gerbil?
1 posted on 01/27/2011 1:45:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I consider him to be a criminal.

C’mon, people. This guy signed all kinds of oaths that he would keep this information secret. He’s a little prick.


2 posted on 01/27/2011 1:50:44 PM PST by popdonnelly (If Obama improves education, who'll vote for him?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hang him.

Then give them the body to bury.


3 posted on 01/27/2011 1:52:42 PM PST by NoLibZone (Five time DNC backed candidate Fred Phelps: "God sent the shooter".)
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To: popdonnelly

I was the same MOS (96B) while in the Army as this little homosexual creep. Makes me want to shower just thinking about it. BTW, I made Spec/5 in no time, yet he’s a PFC. Hmmmmmm....


4 posted on 01/27/2011 1:53:14 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: popdonnelly
He's a criminal. Our foreign policy is traitorous.
5 posted on 01/27/2011 1:53:24 PM PST by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure Benedict Arnold had some supporter too.


6 posted on 01/27/2011 1:54:11 PM PST by McGruff (If you repeat a lie enough times some idiots will believe it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure the number is at least in the hundreds who have been killed because of Manning’s treachery.


7 posted on 01/27/2011 1:54:55 PM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“He’s the guy who should be in the gallery when Obama gives his State of the Union speech,” said Zeese, “as a guy who really took risks to make our country better.”

Yeah, he should be hanging by the neck in the gallery, and the rest of the traitorous bastids right beside him.

8 posted on 01/27/2011 1:55:16 PM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Track9

As if these people (or the Obots) care about that...


9 posted on 01/27/2011 1:56:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I keep looking for the words "gay" or "homosexual" and can't find them in this article...


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

10 posted on 01/27/2011 2:00:51 PM PST by The Comedian (Stop voting for The Government Party)
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To: McGruff

So did the Rosenbergs. Hell, some of their supporters still think they’re innocent despite Soviet documents that prove their guilt.


11 posted on 01/27/2011 2:02:35 PM PST by JeffChrz (Dr. Atlas will shrug.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He has two support groups portraying him as the victim. The fudge packers and the America haters (90% of the democrat party). If I were in charge he would have had a fatal accident about a week after he was arrested. He serves no purpose as a human. He's a pedophile, a deviant, a thief, a liar, and a traitor. He should be executed as soon as possible and his body fed into a chipper or a 55 gallon vat of acid.
12 posted on 01/27/2011 2:05:52 PM PST by skimask
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They know that yet again, they can disguise their contempt for the lives of ours and our allies in the fact that none of the details will ever be revealed so as not to further harm security. These people are bags of excrement covered in human skin.


13 posted on 01/27/2011 2:06:03 PM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The sodomite traitor was busted from Spec 4 for assault. How this burglar of turds even got a clearance is a mystery, as he was already a known homosexual activist prior to enlistment.
14 posted on 01/27/2011 2:22:12 PM PST by ex 98C MI Dude (Alea Iacta Est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s a bitter homosexual who as a Private could not have possibly had access to some of what he handed to Assange.
He had help.


15 posted on 01/27/2011 2:22:40 PM PST by Darksheare (I shook hands with Sheryl Crow and all I got was Typhus and a single sheet of toilet paper.)
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To: popdonnelly
He gets the BENNY award.


16 posted on 01/27/2011 2:26:59 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine (I'm shocked! Shocked to find out that gambling is going on in here!)
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To: The Comedian

“I keep looking for the words “gay” or “homosexual” and can’t find them in this article... “

I also could not find, faggot, buttholesurfer. But maybe in the follow up article they will also reveal he’s a democrat.


17 posted on 01/27/2011 2:46:35 PM PST by stockpirate (Hey congress, it's our government and our money, DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t Manning the textbook example of the rationale behind limiting military service to heterosexuals?


18 posted on 01/27/2011 3:06:10 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Patriot to exactly what Cause, Country or Ideology?

They should reveal themselves, pay for his rigorous defense in a Court of Law and as a group pay the consequences, along with him.

TT


19 posted on 01/27/2011 6:20:49 PM PST by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Charge Bradley Manning with Article 104, Article 106, and Article 106a violations.

Try, convict, and execute.

We should have executed John Walker Lindh. We did not, and as a result there was no fear of death for Bradley Manning as he committed treason.

We need to execute someone for treason to set the example for our own and the world we will not tolerate treason.

Such an execution would send two signals. One to those who would commit treason--we will find you, convict you, and execute you. And another to those who would not--there is no greater crime than threatening the freedom and lives our this nation's citizens, and we will use every power in the Constitution to protect our citizens.

20 posted on 01/28/2011 3:36:03 PM PST by magellan
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Actually the only known Bastard was at the podium.


21 posted on 03/14/2011 1:57:43 PM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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