“Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,” … “Everywhere there’s a US post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed.” These are quotes from Bradley Manning, the source behind the WikiLeaks document scandal that exposed embassy mail from around the world.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of StateTreaty RoomWashington, DCNovember 29, 2010
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon. Do we have enough room in here? I want to take a moment to discuss the recent news reports of classified documents that were illegally provided from United States Government computers. In my conversations with counterparts from around the world over the past few days, and in my meeting earlier today with Foreign Minister Davutoglu of Turkey, I have had very productive discussions on this issue.
The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems. This Administration is advancing a robust foreign policy that is focused on advancing America’s national interests and leading the world in solving the most complex challenges of our time, from fixing the global economy, to thwarting international terrorism, to stopping the spread of catastrophic weapons, to advancing human rights and universal values. In every country and in every region of the world, we are working with partners to pursue these aims.
So let’s be clear: this disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community – the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations, that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity.
Yesterday, Manning made this statement upon sentencing.
Public Schedule for December 1, 2010Washington, DCDecember 1, 2010
SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel. For more information on her foreign travel, click here.
"I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. ... When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others."Certainly the probability exists that people were endangered and possibly hurt. The deception in Manning's words is his claim that he meant no harm. If you love your country, you do not violate oaths you have taken. You do not expose fellow citizens to peril. You do not provide classified and secret information to those who can and might make it available to enemies in time of war, and you do not do this as if your "practical joke" will cause harm to high officials in your government and other cooperative governments. You do not do these things lightly in a time of war.
So this morning, we awakened to the news that Bradley Manning is no longer a man but rather a woman - a woman to be called "Chelsea." Really?
Without getting into the LGBT issues here or the legal intricacies of the degree to which what a prisoner "wants" should be obliged or where we draw lines re: necessary medical interventions on their behalf - I mean I have committed no crimes and would like to be 5'7" and might want a LifeStyle Lift one day (will you taxpayers please fund it?) - - without even asking if convicts have a right to a name change (spies do this all the time, after all) I do feel it incumbent on me to ask what name could have been more ironic? Oh, wait! I know! Hillary Manning. Yes, that would be a tad more ironic!
At left, Manning is escorted from a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 22, 2011. At right, in an undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Manning is shown wearing a wig and lipstick. (AP Photos)
You did it, Manning, so man up! To me, your name is Mudd!