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Poll: Is Bradley Manning a whistleblower or a traitor?

What do you think?

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US ARMY PRIVATE Bradley Manning will be sentenced today after being convicted on several counts of espionage related to his leaking of a huge trove of secret US diplomatic cables, government records, and military logs to the Wikileaks website.

Manning, 25, was found not guilty of the most serious charge – ‘aiding the enemy’ – but still faces a maximum of 136 years in prison.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said Manning’s conviction sets a “dangerous precedent” for whistleblowers and investigative journalists, and that there is no evidence that anyone had been harmed as a result of Manning’s disclosures.

However, advocates of Manning’s prosecution claim he is a traitor – and that the publication of the leaked material, particularly the diplomatic cables, attracted massive global attention and put US troops and diplomatic staff in danger.

What do you think: Is Bradley Manning a whistleblower or a traitor?

Poll Results:

Whistleblower (2939)
Traitor (2118)
Other (please explain in the comments below) (652)

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