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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 11:19 AM

32. Some of the secrets should not have been so

When the govt thinks that anything can be a secret democracy suffers.

For that I am glad Manning brought crimes and wrong doings into a public light.

From what I gather he tried to use other channels and the MSM chose to protect the state over the rights of the American people to know what it's govt is doing. Basically the MSM is bought and owned by powerful people who don't give a fuck about the laws ,honesty, the truth, or the American people and will use the powerful media they control to create the propaganda necessary to achieve their goals.

Manning says he first tried to leak to Washington Post and New York Times
Soldier reads 35-page personal statement revealing how he came to leak information to WikiLeaks after failing elsewhere

Ed Pilkington at Fort Meade
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 28 February 2013 13.12 EST



Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle as he is escorted into a courthouse for a pre-trial hearing in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy by causing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.
Bradley Manning said he only went to WikiLeaks after being rebuffed by US news organisations. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Bradley Manning has revealed to his court-martial at Fort Meade, Maryland, that he tried to leak US state secrets to the Washington Post, New York Times and Politico before he turned in frustration to the new anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Manning, the US solider accused of the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, read out a 35-page statement to the court that contained new detail on how he came to download and then transmit a massive trove of secrets to WikiLeaks. It contains the bombshell disclosure that he wanted to go to mainstream American media but found them impenetrable.

~Snip~

We were obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists and ignoring goals and missions. I believed if the public, particularly the American public, could see this it could spark a debate on the military and our foreign policy in general as it applied to Iraq and Afghanistan. It might cause society to reconsider the need to engage in counter terrorism while ignoring the human situation of the people we engaged with every day."...

~Snip~

Full article:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/28/manning-washington-post-new-york-times

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