Thursday, March 3, 2011

PFC Manning charged with aiding the enemy

The NY Times reports that PFC Manning will face 22 additional charges. Manning, of course, is the military intelligence analyst accused of leaking government files to WikiLeaks.

The charges offer new details in the case. For instance, the charge sheet alleges he copied a database of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables between March 28 and May 4, 2010 from a classified computer system in Iraq.

Eugene Fidell, NIMJ President and professor at Yale Law School, was quoted in the NY Times article. Fidell explained that several of the charges seemed to be describing the same act in different ways. It is "typical for military prosecutors to draft charges in as many ways as possible," said Fidell. He predicted defense challenges to the redundancies later in the process.

Among the new charges is aiding the enemy. The NY Times explains that "Military officials did not respond to a question on Wednesday about who the 'enemy' was." The charge sheet accuses Manning of passing information "through indirect means."   Is WikiLeaks the enemy or is the government referring to Afghan and Iraqi insurgents.