Bradley Manning Wikileaks: Mike Huckabee Calls For Execution
Bradley Manning Supporters Rally Amidst Calls For Execution Of Alleged Wikileaks Leaker
Former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Republican Congressman, Mike Rogers say if Bradley Manning the alleged source of the leaks of Afghan war documents to Wikileaks, did what he is accused of doing, then he should be executed.
- Tom Flanagan, Julian Assange Should Be Assassinated
- Bradley Manning, US Military, Charge Sheet (pdf)
Mike Huckabee who run unsuccessfully to be the Republican presidential candidate in 2008 said,
"Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty."
He added, according to Politico: "They've put American lives at risk. They put relationships that will take decades to rebuild at risk. They knew full well that they were handling sensitive documents they were entrusted.
Mike Rogers, the Republican Congressman from Michigan and Member of the House Intelligence Committee said,
"We know for a fact that people will likely be killed because of this information being disclosed," he told Michigan-based WHMI. "That's pretty serious. If they don't charge him with treason, they ought to charge him with murder.
"I argue the death penalty clearly should be considered here," he said. "He clearly aided the enemy to what may result in the death of U.S. soldiers . . . If that is not a capital offense, I don't know what is."
Bradley Manning was private an intelligence analyst, assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Contingency Operating Station Hammer, Iraq.
Agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command arrested Manning based on information received from federal authorities provided by an American informant, Adrian Lamo, in whom Manning had previously confided. Lamo said that Manning claimed, via instant messaging, to be the person who had leaked the "Collateral Murder" video of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike, in addition to a video of the Granai airstrike and around 260,000 diplomatic cables, to the whistleblower website Wikileaks, with Manning saying he hoped the release of the videos and documents would lead to "worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms." The AP has described Manning as an alleged whistleblower. The Obama administration called the release "reckless and dangerous" and stated that the information "put at risk not only the cause of human rights but the lives and work of these individuals" and expressed concern people who work with the U.S. overseas will be the victims of retaliation once WikiLeaks identifies them.
Meanwhile, supporters and opponents of Bradley Manning are speaking out online.
There is a Facebook page called Should Bradley Manning Be Put To Death For Treason has emerged, many of the comments say Bradley Manning should be executed.
Ashley Andrews FU Bradley. Traitor.Wednesday at 10:04am
A Bradley Manning Support Network has launched as well. The website for the Bradley Manning Support Group says that it is non-partisan, grassroots movement.
We are working to:
- Harness the outrage felt by millions of viewers of the “Collateral Murder” video into a coordinated effort in defense of Manning
- Raise awareness about the recent arrest and charges against Manning
- Coordinate the activities of nonprofits and individual activists working internationally to support Manning
- Collect funds necessary to ensure high-quality legal counsel necessary for a vigorous defense
- Provide supporters with accurate, updated information as the trial progresses
- Provide prisoner support for Manning throughout his imprisonment
Bradley Manning, US Military Charge Sheet