If the Manning case has taught Americans anything, it is that irony remains alive and well. Federal authorities, outraged over how the leaked documents spotlighted the U.S. military at its most questionable, responded by keeping Manning in solitary confinement 23 hours a day.
During much of that time, he was forced to sleep naked without sheets or pillows, and had been restricted from physical recreation or access to newspapers or television.
Indeed, it’s been a heady
time for ironic whistle-blowing.
Around the time of the Manning verdict,
his brother in spirit, Edward Snowden — on the lam after leaking info
about U.S. surveillance — was granted asylum in Russia by its president
and KGB alum, Vladimir Putin.
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