I am very pleased that Chelsea Manning is free for now, although we can’t credit the great public outcry, which basically didn’t happen, and we can’t give any credit to the authorities, who kept her imprisoned as long as they could. Apparently, there’s a time limit on these grand jury things, and she just waited them out.
So, all credit for Chelsea Manning’s release goes to … Chelsea Manning.
It is, of course, a victory for truth over secrecy, even if it’s only a temporary one. If they manage to extradite Assange, they might attempt again to force Manning to testify, which she has said she will never do, so they may throw her in jail again.
This is kind of ridiculous, and should be thought of as double jeopardy, but the U.S. doesn’t operate according to the rules any more, so I’m not making any predictions.
Truth vs. Secrecy, that is the issue. Some say that secrecy is necessary, a matter of national security. I call bullshit. The only reason a government can possibly have for secrecy is if they are doing something they don’t want people to know about, and if they don’t want people to know about it, it is certain that it is something they should not be doing.
Let all the truth, about everything, come out, and let the chips fall where they may.