On Friday, July 30, one of England’s top daily newspapers, London’s Daily Telegraph, reported a news story of such magnitude it should have been top-of-Page-1 and prime-time all over the United States.
But, on that weekend, how many Sunday newspapers or TV networks reported this news – involving the suspected leaking of more than 90,000 secret military documents by a U.S. Army private first class?
The July 30 Telegraph reported the following:
“Bradley Manning, a prime suspect in the leaking of the Afghan war files, raged against his U.S. Army employer and society at large on his Facebook page in the days before he allegedly downloaded thousands of secret memos, the Daily Telegraph has learnt. …
“Mr. Manning, 22, who is currently awaiting court-martial, is suspected of leaking more than 90,000 secret military documents to the WikiLeaks website, in a security breach which U.S. officials claim has endangered the lives of serving soldiers and Afghan informers.”
The Daily Telegraph also reported:
“Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the leakers might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldiers, or that of an Afghan family, because, he said, the leaked documents included the names of Afghan informants.”
The Telegraph also featured photographs of Bradley Manning: “who could face more than 50 years in prison for treasonous conduct, holding up a sign with rainbow colors, demanding ‘equality on the battlefield’ and participating in a gay-pride parade.”
The Telegraph also reported that Pfc. Manning “not only (is) a homosexual, but was considering a sex change. Manning was arrested at the end of May and is being detained by U.S. authorities.”
Why, if “don’t ask, don’t tell” is still authoritative in our armed forces, was Pfc. Manning engaging in such public behavior?
If all of this very serious trouble can be caused by just one promiscuous homosexual private first class, what on earth would be the effect on the U.S. Army of sergeants and captains and colonels who, after the repeal of “dont ask, don’t tell,” could announce their homosexual orientation in the barracks?
This was only one private first class, who was a multiple-partnered homosexual activist who was able and willing to leak 90,000 secret U.S. military documents. If one private first class can cause such an enormously horrendous security violation, who can estimate the full potential of the Obama hope to open our armed forces to the sodomy lobby?
The real possibility that this massive one-man security-shattering will bring a halt to the Obama hope to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” was at least suggested on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
On that afternoon, during a White House news briefing, I asked press secretary Robert Gibbs:
Q: “What about Bradley Manning? Could you tell us about Bradley Manning?”
Q: “You won’t?”
GIBBS: “I don’t discuss active investigations.”
By striking – no, make that shattering – contrast to press secretary Gibbs, five days earlier the Daily Telegraph quoted Adm. Mullen’s statement about how those responsible “might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldiers, or that of an Afghan family.”