Glenn Greenwald comments on the government’s formal charges against accused WikiLeaks informant Bradley Manning:
The 22-year-old whistle-blower faces 52 years in prison….I just wanted to review the contemporary rules governing the Rule of Law in the U.S.:
* If you shoot and kill unarmed rescuers of the wounded while occupying their country and severely wound their unarmed children sitting in a van — or if you authorize that conduct — your actions are commended.
* If you help wreck the world economy with fraud and cause hundreds of millions of people untold suffering, you collect tens of millions of dollars in bonuses.
* If you disclose to the world evidence of war crimes, government lawbreaking, or serious corruption, or otherwise embarrass the U.S., you will be swiftly prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and face decades in prison.
I hope those rules are clear because, as this all shows, Justice is Blind and We’re All Equal Before the Law. In America — clearly — these are not mere slogans….Perhaps Manning should have tortured people or criminally eavesdropped on Americans as he leaked these documents; then he could have availed himself of that sweet Presidential protective shield.