Why are Bob Woodward’s WH sources – or Woodward himself – not on trial next to Bradley Manning?

, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 10 January 2013

The extremist prosecution of Manning, accused of ‘aiding and abetting al-Qaida’, poses a real threat to US press freedom

There are numerous travesties defining the ongoing prosecution of accused whistleblower Bradley Manning, but none more dangerous than the accusation that by leaking classified information, he “aided and abetted the enemy” (al-Qaida) – a capital offense. Not even the government claims he intended to help al-Qaida. The theory is that, even though it was not his intent, the information Manning disclosed may end up being of value to the terrorist organization: a claim that applies to virtually every leak of classified information to any media organization, thus transforming standard whistle-blowing into the equivalent of treason.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/10/manning-prosecution-press-freedom-woodward

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