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Niskakangas, Tuomas

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Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | 22/08/2013

Whistleblower had to be condemned

The punishment for Bradley Manning is justified, the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat argues: "Manning will probably spend ten years in prison. That's harsh, but not completely inappropriate. The prosecution didn't get the dauntingly harsh sentence it wanted, and that's a good thing. But Manning could not have been acquitted. He committed the biggest betrayal of secrets in the history of the US, which could have benefited the enemies of the state. Every state would have condemned him to some extent. Manning was aware that leaking the information was a criminal offence, and partially admitted his guilt. Just for the offences that he owned up to he could have received a maximum sentence of 20 years. With their deeds, Manning and the other whistleblower Edward Snowden have presumably helped their country more than they have harmed it. ... Nevertheless the citizens of a constitutional state can't be left to decide for themselves when it's appropriate to break the law."

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