Jennifer Van Bergen, a journalist, author and law lecturer, discusses the new charges against Bradley Manning, including “aiding the enemy” which carries a possible death sentence; the legal distinction in the UCMJ between giving intelligence to the enemy and communicating with the enemy; why Manning should be treated like a whistleblower and not an enemy combatant; the chilling implications of a broadly applied Espionage Act; and how the dozens of charges against Manning could be softening him up for a plea deal favorable to the government.
MP3 here. (18:38)
Jennifer Van Bergen, a journalist with a law degree, is the author of The Twilight of Democracy: the Bush Plan for America. She writes frequently on civil liberties, human rights, and international law.