Crossposted from The New York Times Room for Debate.
|Pfc. Bradley Manning’s conviction for violating the Espionage Act of 1917, and his acquittal on charges of “aiding the enemy,” is a long-awaited step in a case that has stretched on for years. And as Charlie Savage noted in The New York Times, there have been seven people “charged in connection with leaking to the news media during the Obama administration; during all previous administrations, there were three.”|
So will the outcome of the Manning trial have ramifications in other cases? How significant is this week’s verdict?
Faiza Patel is the co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is of course outraged at Pfc. Bradley Manning’s conviction on 20 charges for leaking some 700,000 U.S. government documents. But there may be good news to temper that outrage: the judge’s dismissal of two of the charges against Manning could derail the Obama administration’s plans to prosecute Assange for publishing the documents.