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Whistleblower told the truth

THE conviction of Bradley Manning was a travesty of justice, reminiscent of a Stalinist show trial.

His crime was to expose the criminal nature of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US ruling elite were particularly affronted by the leaking of footage showing US forces killing unarmed people in Iraq.

While proclaiming Manning's guilt, Barack Obama himself is guilty of numerous crimes. He has sent drones around the world to kill people on the basis of suspicion.

Some of these people were US citizens and thousands of civilians have been killed in "collateral" damage.

Bradley Manning did what he was supposed to do and exposed wrongdoing.

He will now spend the rest of his life in prison for daring to do what journalists do every day – namely hold the powerful to account.

He should be pardoned and released right away.

ALAN HINNRICHS

Dundee

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