In thinking about the discussion that we had yesterday, I just wanted to post about how I feel about Manning- the Wikileaks guy. On Monday I used an analogy that likened Manning to a teenage girl who couldn’t keep a secret that they were trusted with. Someone brought up the point that if his girlfriend told him that she had murdered someone that he wouldn’t be bound to keep that secret from anyone. I don’t know if that is the case in Manning’s situation. He (most likely) knew for a fact that he was going to encounter information or intelligence sources that made him uncomfortable and things that he couldn’t tell anyone so why would he sign up for the job in the first place?
Also, I just wanted to point out another thing that I was thinking about: Why did Manning chose to tell a random guy on the internet about what he did? I mean, if I was going to tell someone that I leaked top secret government information I would probably tell a counselor or psychologist because they are bound by law not to release any of the information that their clients tell them (I’m pretty sure about that, but you get my point). The last person I would tell would be some sketchy guy on the internet! That makes me think that maybe a part of him wanted to gloat about being the guy who gave away all this secret information. I just don’t see how someone could be that ignorant. Please tell me if I’ve somehow missed part of the story and I’ve got it all wrong! That’s my rant for the week.