The Improbable Patriot

Leading up to Manning’s decision to do what whistleblowers and patriots do — to expose illegalities by our govt rather than passing the buck and diffusing the responsibility down the line — Manning pondered a dangerous “hypothetical” to a friend during an IM chat session; little did we know this hypothetical would defiantly and heroically be actualized by the young Army Private First Class.

Manning wondered aloud to the following to ex-hacker Adrian Lamo, as recorded in the leaked chat logs that are now public record:

(12:15:11 PM) bradass87: hypothetical question: if you had free reign over classified networks for long periods of time… say, 8-9 months… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?

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Manning had the fortitude to follow through on the above hypothetical, snapping the securitization chain of illegalities linked together by top brass officials, extending down the line to otherwise acquiescent subordinates.  He imagined a world of transparency and accountability, a dangerous proposition in a world where suits and brass fly the flag of freedom whilst trampling on everything it stands for. This bravery, however, resulted in jingoist persecution by MSM and eventual conviction by a kangaroo court presided over by a wide-eyed, ambitious judge that knew her unabashed complicity with the prosecution would score her an upgrade in her comfy careerism as a member of the federal judiciary. A couple years from now I wouldn’t at all be surprised if she presides over some prestigious federal appellate court or something of the like (nice little kickback). But while putting another human being in a cage like an animal for 35 years scores her comfort and success in the present, over time I have complete confidence that Judge Denis Lind will serve an eternity of infamy in the eyes of history; meanwhile Manning will be hailed not just as a whistleblower or patriot, but as an honest, good human being that did the right thing.

And it all started during a seemingly harmless musing on a chat log between two everyday people, where Manning dared imagine what others thought was simply unthinkable, even impossible. But in reality it was really only improbable. Real, honest, imaginative dialogue made that dangerous improbability into an actuality. And the rest is history.

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