The reason why the U.S. government wants to put Bradley Manning away for as much as 136 years is not because he committed a crime, but because he exposed one.
The crime he exposed was the imperial invasion and occupation of Iraq, a war that we started, a war that was nondefensive, since Iraq had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a war of aggression against a sovereign nation that killed tens of thousands more innocent civilians in the Middle East than terrorists ever killed here.
According to our own military tribunal at Nuremberg in 1947, “To initiate a war of aggression is the supreme international crime … containing within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”
Thus an American court, judging the Nazi war crimes of World War II, also judged the Iraq War a crime against humanity, and exonerated Manning. He should go free.