Rand Paul on Bradley Manning: “I just can’t support that”

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“Manning faces a maximum jail sentence of 136 years with multiple convictions of Espionage Act violations, but was declared ‘not guilty’ for aiding the enemy.  Sen. Paul reasoned that there need to be some laws that protect certain secrets and that Manning put many lives at risk by releasing millions of pages ‘willy-nilly’. His main concern is that whistle-blowers break laws in order to reveal state secrets.  Paul made an effort to bring a distinction between the NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning who were both charged with leaking diplomatic documents, but asserted that there needs to be justice when whistle-blowers break the law.”


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