Glenn Greenwald to Ex-U.S. Army Maj. Gen.: Calling Manning’s Actions Treason Is ‘Warped’

On MSNBC tonight, a former U.S. Army major general classified Chelsea Manning‘s actions as “treason” and Glenn Greenwald was quick to fire back.

Former Maj. Gen. Robert Scales told Greta Van Susteren, “I’m speaking as a soldier, and the bottom line is this is treason, pure and simple. She gave away to WikiLeaks 400,000 operational… documents that put soldiers in the field at risk.”

He said it’s “not justice for the people in uniform” for Manning to end up having her sentence commuted, as President Obama decided today. Scales believes that seven years is not sufficient punishment for an act of treason.

Greenwald immediately said he’s “astonished” to hear him use that word over and over when she wasn’t charged with treason.

He argued that Manning didn’t release information to America’s enemies, but to the public:

“So unless you regard the American public as the enemy from whom secrets have to be withheld, as the general apparently does, to keep calling it treason is just warped.”

When Scales responded to Greenwald, he was quick to refer to him as “an associate of Snowden.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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