Kudos to San Francisco Chronicle columnist James Temple, whose dot-commentary on Friday Aug. 23 points out that Pvt. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning’s revelations have made this a better country.
Among the items that Bradley brought to light was a video of U.S. troops in helicopters slaying ten civilians in Iraq, including two Reuters journalists and two children, without cause or provocation, and with evident pleasure in the killing.
For his disclosures, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The murderers in uniform were not so much as reprimanded.
“I’m no longer outraged by this,” writes Temple. “It’s been clear for too long that this is how things would end. I’m saddened by this. It says something awful about the skew of our national priorities and the tilt of our moral compass.”
Mannings’ leaks had merit, Temple continues. “They revealed critical things about the world and, in the end, changed it for the better.”
The column summarizes the main points of the materials that Manning leaked and suggests that Manning’s actions probably helped stop the Iraq war.
Temple’s column is available online here.
Manning’s actions deserve the honor due to a public servant. At great risk to himself, Manning raised important issues, told important truths, and did it in a timely manner. The ones who should be in prison are the murderers, cheats, and liars in high and low places whom Manning exposed.