söndag, augusti 25, 2013

Ron Paul säger Bradley Manning borde släppas

Former Rep. Ron Paul says Bradley Manning should be released. Aug 23, 2013 GMT

Charges have been laid against seven current or former federal government employees or contractors for disclosing government secrets since Obama took office in 2009.
Former Congressman Ron Paul says American people should not believe the “propaganda of those who are trying to defend the Empire” following the sentencing of US whistleblower Bradley Manning.

In a Reddit question-and-answer session on Thursday, Paul also urged the US government to release the Army private.

“Most military personnel who are caught committing war crimes never receive any penalties,” Paul said. “I think he should be released now, [and] that he has done us a great service by letting the people know the truth.”

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified US documents to WikiLeaks.

The 25-year-old soldier was found guilty on five counts of violating the Espionage Act for leaking the secret documents to the anti-secrecy group in 2010. The private, however, was acquitted of the aiding the enemy charge.

Paul also praised the whistleblower for leaking the documents.

“I believe his goal was to inform the American people of the truth about what was happening in the Iraq-Afghanistan wars,” Paul said.

The Obama administration has come under criticism by freedom of speech advocates for what they call waging a war on whistleblowers.

"Barack Obama has proceeded with more prosecutions against whistleblowers for espionage than all previous presidents combined going all the way back to 1917," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said last month. "In fact he's done double.”

Charges have been laid against seven current or former federal government employees or contractors for disclosing government secrets since Obama took office in 2009.

This is while prior to the Obama administration, the Espionage Act had been used only three times against five individuals.

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