Chris Floyd: "Dissent, Disappointment and Draconian Rule: Bradley Manning's Plea and the Fight to Be Human", Empire Burlesque, 15 August 2013.
Chris Floyd makes two points about Bradley Manning's mitigation plea. Noting The Guardian's comment that Manning's plea "will disappoint [his] thousands of supporters around the world, who believe he undertook a courageous act of whistleblowing because his conscience demanded it", Floyd remarks: (1) it's not what these whistleblowers are like as people that matters, it's what they've done that matters, and (2) just like all of us, Bradley Manning is a human being; he simply "tried to mitigate his own further torture -- but he didn't betray anyone. A plea for mercy, an apology -- however sincere or feigned -- is an entirely different thing from betrayal." *
* emphasis added
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