Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
The conundrum of Bradley Manning: whistleblower or traitor? - Arun Rath
We started this segment with a clip from supporters of Bradley Manning, the U.S. army private charged with the biggest security breach in U.S. history, chanted in the November chill at Fort Meade in Maryland outside of Washington yesterday.
Private Manning was arrested in 2010 for allegedly leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces 22 charges, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the enemy. That charge is punishable by death - although prosecutors say they won't seek the death penalty. He does however, face possible life imprisonment.
Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearing is set to run through the weekend in a military court. His lawyers argue their client has already been illegally punished. During his time in prison, he was kept in solitary for almost nine months and kept under such strict oversight, it prompted a protest from the United Nations.
The conundrum of Bradley Manning: whistleblower or traitor? - Denver Nicks
For a look at the man in the centre of this trial, we're joined by Denver Nicks.
He is the author of Private: Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, and The Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History. We reached Denver Nicks in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he is covering the trial from Bradley Manning's home state.
The conundrum of Bradley Manning: whistleblower or traitor? - James Kirchick
The conundrum of Bradley Manning: whistleblower or traitor? - Adrian Lamo
We gave the last word on the subject to Adrian Lamo. He's a former hacker who says he was contacted by Bradley Manning and he eventually turned Bradley Manning over to American authorities. We asked him what he thinks the legacy of this case will be.
This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica DeMello, Pacinthe Mattar and Gord Westmacott.
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