Manning is being charged with aiding the enemy. And I say it's true. But who is the enemy?
Thanks to another famous leaker, Daniel Ellsberg, we have the Pentagon papers where we learn that following the Tet Offensive in Vietnam US military was concerned about further troop escalations in Vietnam because those may be needed back home for "civil disorder control." When Bush Sr took office he had a national security assessment drafted, and it was leaked to Maureen Dowd. We learn in it that they were concerned about their various conflicts in Latin America and how in the future it was important to win quickly and decisively because if they don't and the war is protracted this could undermine political support at home. Reagan's various atrocities, including recently disclosed information that revealed he basically signed off on genocide in Guatemala, were protracted enough that the public was souring on them. This is the real threat. We are the ones that can thwart their behavior. If we remain in the dark they have nothing to fear, but if we know what they are doing we may object and hold them accountable. Bradley Manning is informing us.
As far as aiding Islamic terrorists or those that would do us violence, or maybe putting lives in danger, well no, the leaks didn't do that. They did inform Americans. That's why he's dangerous. Richard Nixon called Daniel Ellsberg the most dangerous man in America. That was correct.