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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  • Adam Goodwin

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

  • Saint Al

    Ineligible if he’s 24. Perhaps later, but I can’t see the campaign cash flooding him.

    • InfvoCuernos

      Also, if he ever goes to trial and is convicted of a felony.

  • Bob

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

    • Hadrian999

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

      • InfvoCuernos

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

  • BuzzCoastin

    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

  • Apathesis

    Will his conviction be the proverbial straw? Doubt it.

  • Ted Heistman

    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.