Here are the facts as we currently know them. The United States is currently waging war in Afghanistan. SPC Bradley Manning has been arrested and charged with providing classified documents that later were released by the website Wikileaks. Some have called “ the biggest leak in US military history” an act of treason, and since it occurred during a period of war, Private Manning should be executed. And one person who agrees with that sentiment is Rep. Mike Rogers (R – MI.)
Rogers comments came during and interview with Michigan radio station WHMI which reported:
The Brighton Republican sits on the House Intelligence Committee and told WHMI that Private Bradley Manning appears to be guilty of treason in time of war, which is a capital crime. He also criticized what he called a “culture of disclosure” for encouraging someone like Manning into thinking that the release of such sensitive information was a good thing.
In the following audio clip, Rogers argues that “the death penalty clearly should be considered here,” continuing “he clearly aided the enemy to what may result in the death of U.S. soldiers or those cooperating. If that is not a capital offense, I don’t know what is.”
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