Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Unsurprisingly, St Julian of Knightsbridge is completely, utterly and totally wrong.

Bradley Manning is guilty.  He broke the law. In fact, he took a deliberate decision to break the US Uniform Code of Military Justice, and US Federal Law, in releasing classified information to Wikileaks.

This fact has nothing at all to do with whether you consider him a brave and principled whistle blower,  being persecuted by a military embarrassed by the exposure of their misdeeds,  or an evil pinko terrorist-loving pervert who has disgraced his uniform.

Morality and the law are not the same thing. Whether they should be, or not, is a thorny philosophical issue most easily addressed by the rhetorical question "Whose morality do you pick?"

1 comment:

Simon Fawthrop said...

Hmmm, not sure what happened, I know moderation is on but I didn't even get a response so I'll try again.

There is no doubt that some of those incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan needed investigating. I would have had more sympathy if he'd gone to one of the more libertarian Senators like Rand Paul first and then if nothing happened becoming a "whistle blower",

As for those diplomatic cables, that just looks like exploiting his position for political purposes and I have little sympathy.

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