Letter from Beirut

Price of truth

Print edition : September 06, 2013

Bradley Manning being escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland, on July 30 after the court found him guilty of 17 of 22 charges, including espionage and theft. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

Namir Noor-Eldeen, the Reuters photographer who was shot dead. Photo: KHALID MOHAMMED/AP

The sequence of events from the video Manning leaked to WikiLeaks. It shows Apache helicopter pilots shooting men walking down a Baghdad street on July 12, 2007. Among those killed in the attack was, apart from Namir Noor-Eldeen, a driver Saeed Chmagh. Photo: AFP

This frame grab image from classified US military gun camera footage, shot from a US army Apache helicopter and released by whistleblower website Wikileaks.org on April 5, 2010, shows a group of men, including one believed to be Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen (C), 22, in a Baghdad street on July 12, 2007, just before the group was fired upon by the helicopter, killing Noor-Eldeen and his driver Saeed Chmagh, along with several others. Photo: AFP

This frame grab image taken from a video shot from a U.S. army Apache helicopter gun-sight, posted at Wikileaks.org and confirmed as authentic by a senior U.S. military official, two men in the streets of the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad after being fired upon by the helicopter July 12, 2007. Photo: AP Photo/WikiLeaks

This frame grab image taken from a video shot from a U.S. army Apache helicopter gun-sight, posted at Wikileaks.org and confirmed as authentic by a senior U.S. military official, shows the scene in the streets of the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad just after a group of men were fired upon by the helicopter July 12, 2007. Among those believed to be killed in the attack was Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his driver Saeed Chmagh, 40. Photo: AP

A demonstration supporting Manning outside the main gate of Fort Meade on July 30. Photo: ALEX WONG/AFP

He observed a war crime being covered up, saw evidence of it and, living up to the values of international laws, released it to the general public through WikiLeaks. For that Bradley Manning gets 90 years in prison.
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