Bradley Manning For President!

Well he wants to run for public office, so why not the highest? Brian Bennett reports for the LA Times:

If he doesn’t spend the rest of his life in prison, Pfc. Bradley Manning wants go to college and perhaps run for public office, his lawyer, David E. Coombs, told supporters of the former Army intelligence analyst.

Manning is accused of illegally giving hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and classified reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the website WikiLeaks. He faces 22 criminal charges and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

“He’s confident things will turn out OK for him,” Coombs said Monday, standing in a wooden pulpit in the All Souls Church Unitarian, in front of two large posters printed with Manning’s photograph and the words “Free Bradley.”

Coombs described Manning, 24, as “very encouraged” by the way the pretrial hearings in his case are going. The trial is tentatively scheduled to start in March.

Coombs said he speaks on the phone with Manning every week, and described him as “one of the most intelligent people I have ever met.”…

[continues in the LA Times]

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9 Comments on "Bradley Manning For President!"

  1. There won’t be a presidency (national, at least) by the time he serves his time.

  2. Ineligible if he’s 24. Perhaps later, but I can’t see the campaign cash flooding him.
    http://library.thinkquest.org/11492/convention/requirements.html

  3. Notions of “presidency” and rulers need to go the way of the dinosaur.

    • Hadrian999 | Dec 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm |

      the majority are terrified of freedom, if you freed them today they would go looking for a new master tomorrow.

      • InfvoCuernos | Dec 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm |

        nature and politics abhor a vacuum. If there is no leader, just wait a minute, someone will fill in the job.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Dec 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm |

    that shit’s got to be spin for middle America
    “See Pa, he’s not a traitor like they say. He loves Merka, and wants to incur huge edumacation debts and one day grow up to be President of these here United Sates…. right after he gets outa the slammer.”

    There’s no way Uncle Homeland is letting this guy off like Bush & Cheney

  5. Apathesis | Dec 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm |

    Will his conviction be the proverbial straw? Doubt it.

  6. Its sad but I don’t see this guy getting off. I mean its one thing to be against the war, but another thing to actually do something to try to stop it. Its OK to be radical in this country as long as you remain completely ineffectual. In some countries you can’t even express redical opinions.
    But how else could it be? I mean could there be a country so tolerant that they excuse this type of thing? Seems like this type of thing entails risk and the risk it entails is ending up in prison.
    Really makes me think.

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