Some Twitter users hail Bradley Manning as a hero

U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning leaked 750,000 documents to Wikileaks. Arrested in 2010, Manning is finally beginning pre-trial hearings this week.  He’s become a martyr to those who consider his conditions in jail to be abusive, and a hero to the hacker collective known as Anonymous.

“Patriot” Manning has a long history of mental issues, and was nearly kicked out of the Army during boot camp. While deployed in Iraq, his behavior was so bizarre that the bolt was taken out of his rifle, in fear that he posed a threat to his fellow soldiers. Via BBC News:

Under cross-examination of military investigators, details emerged of incidents during Pte Manning’s deployment as an intelligence analyst in Iraq between November 2009 and his arrest in May 2010.

His defence lawyer, David Coombs, highlighted emails his client had sent to a superior officer explaining that confusion about his gender identity was impacting on his ability to do his job.

Investigators admitted they had found evidence that Pte Manning had created an online alter ego called “Breanna Manning”.

The soldier had also reportedly assaulted a superior, turned over a table, damaged a computer and on another occasion was found “curled up in a ball”.

Manning’s document dump put the lives of numerous U.S. intelligence assets in Iraq and Afghanistan at risk, but that doesn’t seem to matter much to his supporters.

Not everyone is convinced the emotionally-troubled young man deserves to be hailed as a hero.

While he could have faced the death penalty, prosecutors have passed on that option, perhaps taking his fragile mental condition into account. It is unknown just how long Manning’s trial will last, but to his zealous supporters, every second he’s spent in prison is a second too long, no matter how many lives he put at risk.

  • HannahJK

    Why on earth would someone who has indicated he has emotional issues that are impacting his ability to do his job be allowed to be an intelligence analyst with access to classified information? It’s a common spy trick to prey on the weak.

  • http://twitter.com/crazytas1 ricci

    when will people wake up and realize a liberal doesn’t care one iota if someone lives or dies, if you don’t believe me show me a abortion rights activist and ill show you a liberal…….perhaps you would be better served to worry about an innocent person

  • http://twitter.com/drbob456x 1Bob Stockton

    And yet the United States Army, after observing all this bizarre behavior allowed this pathetic excuse for an American to continue in his highly classified position. The problem was not Manning per se. The problem was the poor leadership model that allowed him to continue. Mental issues? Boot Camp? This man (?) should have been shown the gate then. The military is no place for social engineering and political correctness.

    • walterc

      Same guys that promoted Major Hasan rather than get the jihadist out of our military.

      Our government under this administration is incompetent fromt he oval office on down to the lowest paid janitor.

  • not_retired

    How many lives were lost because of this? I’m figuring none. Only a bunch of statists disguised as diplomats embarrassed by their words.

  • Karl H

    “MLK, Gandhi, Jesus, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Abe Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Occupy protestors worldwide: all persecuted and/or killed”

    Julian Assange and Manning may want to work on being less like the others in this tweet. Most took a bullet for their effort. As for OWS one could dream they take a bullet or two. Nothing is as motivating as getting peppered with rubber bullets. Think of it as a special way to say get a damn job and for goodness sake take a damn shower and use the damn soap.

  • Karl H

    “MLK, Gandhi, Jesus, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Abe Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Occupy protestors worldwide: all persecuted and/or killed”

    Julian Assange and Manning may want to work on being less like the others in this tweet. Most took a bullet for their effort. As for OWS one could dream they take a bullet or two. Nothing is as motivating as getting peppered with rubber bullets. Think of it as a special way to say get a damn job and for goodness sake take a damn shower and use the damn soap.