Sunday, December 2, 2012

Is The US Military Abusing The "WikiLeaks" Soldier?

A while ago a low-ranking US soldier took many secret documents and sent them to the website WikiLeaks to reveal what the US military was doing in its two foreign wars.

This soldier was arrested and is being held in a military prison until his trial.  His attorney claims that this young man is being abused by the US military.  The abuse includes keeping him naked and isolated in a prison cell 23 to 24 hours a day.

Here is an article about this: http://news.yahoo.com/counselor-mannings-history-showed-self-harm-risk-175239354.html

1)  Do you think this soldier was a hero or a villain?

2)  Do you feel that he is being abused by the US military?  The military claims that they took away his clothes to keep him from killing himself, but he claims he is being punished for not talking to prison authorities.

3)  Do you think the US government is justified in bringing him to trial for handing over the secrets to Wikileaks?  Do you think this soldier was trying to stop the wars or do you think he had other motives?  What do you think his ulterior (other, hidden) motives might have been?

4)  The United States would also like to put the founder of WikiLeaks on trial.  What do you think of this situation? 

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