I thought our conversation about Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden in class today was really interesting, so I did a little research on how the situations of the two men differ. They are obviously both whistle-blowers, but a big difference between the two is that Manning wears a beret, and I think that this made an impact on his punishment. Snowden, however, makes the fashionable choice not to submit to such a ridiculous uniform code and bears his beautiful brown mane with pride. Coincidentally, after Manning was convicted, Snowden was granted asylum in Russia after Manning’s severe and harsh trials. The beret was the real reason why Manning was sentenced to prison and Snowden was not. Clearly the Russians are not fans of berets or else they would have invited Manning over as well. From reading a couple of articles, I also noticed that Snowden’s leaks seemed to be well planned and he seems to be seen as a hero to himself and his supporters. Manning, on the other hand, seemed to have intense inner turmoil. You probably would too if you had to wear a beret to work everyday too.