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Kincaid: Ron Paul Says Accused Traitor is a Patriot

By Cliff Kincaid

As homosexual Army soldier Bradley Manning’s treason trial continues at Fort Meade, Maryland, the support he has received from Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been curiously ignored by the major media, now touting Paul as someone who could win the January 3 Iowa Republican Caucuses. Paul has called Manning, a crossdresser with acknowledged mental problems, a “hero” and “patriot” for stealing government secrets and providing them to WikiLeaks.

Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, is charged with one of the most spectacular and damaging leaks of classified information in this country’s history. The death penalty has been strangely ruled out in his case, but he could still face life in prison.

Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the “irresponsible posting of stolen classified documents by WikiLeaks puts lives at risk and gives adversaries valuable information.”

The Ron Paul 2012 website shows a young Ron Paul in a military uniform and as someone who would pursue a “pro-America foreign policy.” It says, “As an Air Force veteran, Ron Paul believes national defense is the single most important responsibility the Constitution entrusts to the federal government.”

It says nothing about the Congressman’s support for accused Army traitor Bradley Manning.

However, speaking at a campaign rally, Paul said that while Manning may have “technically” broken the law against releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, he did so for the purpose of exposing the “horrible things” being carried out by the U.S. Government.

Referring to Manning’s detention before trial, Paul said, “Should he be locked up and imprisoned?” Manning should be seen as a “political hero” and “true patriot who reveals what’s going on,” Paul said.

The Bradley Manning Support Network published an article saying that Paul believes that Manning is a “whistleblower” and his actions “are essential to the country.”

There is no evidence that Manning, who flaunted his homosexuality in the Army, in violation of the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy, was a member of a communist or leftist group. But his supporters come predominantly from the far-left. His backers include the Movement for a Democratic Society, a group of former Weather Underground members and radicals that includes Obama associate and terrorist Bill Ayers.

The Advisory Board of the Bradley Manning Support Network includes Robert Meeropol, whose parents, communists Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were convicted of violating the Espionage Act and executed for giving the secret of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Meeropol says “it is an honor to join a Board that includes Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, as well as Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, and filmmaker Michael Moore, among others, but also because I believe it is imperative for as many people as possible to raise their voices in support of Manning.”

On October 28, speaking in Iowa, Paul praised WikiLeaks for providing secret information about the conduct of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) propaganda channel features a Paul speech in which the Congressman offered “his support to whistleblowers, applauding WikiLeaks in particular for exposing political fallacies.”

In another broadcast, Paul attacked “state secrecy” and praised WikiLeaks for revealing “spying and meddling” by the U.S. Government.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who says he publishes and comments on leaked documents alleging government and corporate misconduct, is currently facing deportation from Britain on sex crimes charges.

Vice President Joseph Biden has said about Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks disclosures, “I would argue it’s closer to being a high-tech terrorist than the Pentagon Papers.”

In a New Yorker article, “Manning, Assange, and the Espionage Act,” Raffi Khatchadourian said that Manning “appears to have broken a very clearly defined set of laws.” And First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams told National Public Radio that while media organizations which publicized the WikiLeaks material will not face prosecution, Assange himself could be prosecuted by the U.S. Government under the Espionage Act.

More than a year ago, Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act. He also wants Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate WikiLeaks a foreign terrorist organization.

The evidence introduced this week at Manning’s pretrial hearing appears to prove that Manning and Assange worked together, a development that should make it easier for the Obama Department of Justice to prosecute Assange for conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act.

In a Daily Caller article, “Why conservatives must adopt Ron Paul’s foreign policy,” Jack Hunter writes that Paul is asking the “basic questions that Americans desperately need to ask” about U.S. foreign policy. But Hunter, the official Ron Paul 2012 campaign blogger, didn’t address or explain Paul’s support for Manning.

The Ron Paul website insists that the candidate supports an American intelligence community that deals with “legitimate threats” but doesn’t explain how this is compatible with a system whereby “whistleblowers” like Manning decide on their own what classified information the government should be able to keep.

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Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org.

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  1. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    December 21, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    “Paul has called Manning, a crossdresser with acknowledged mental problems, a ‘hero’ and ‘patriot’ for stealing government secrets and providing them to WikiLeaks. Paul said that while Manning may have “technically” broken the law against releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, he did so for the purpose of exposing the “horrible things” being carried out by the U.S. Government.”

    This is the first time I’ve heard this story, and IF true, one can only question why he’s been given a platform to run for president with such anomisity toward America. I’ve listened to this man say some of the most outrageous remarks I’ve ever heard a politician state, but to actually make the declaration that Manning is a “hero,” and “patriot,” is incredibly contemptible. It’s rather obvious to anyone with ears that Paul is not exactly a fan of this country, but to go to this extreme while he excoriates his own countrymen to win this election, is not exactly the qualifications that any member of congress should have — least of all one that is continuously running for president.

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      December 21, 2011 @ 11:14 am

      No edit button, sorry, “animosity.”

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  2. URKiddinMeeComment by URKiddinMee
    December 21, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    I wonder whether THIS report will dampen the enthusiasm of some of the ardent “Paulistas?”  Probably not.  So many of them behave as if they’re in a cult.

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      December 21, 2011 @ 10:25 am

      Yeah, they say that these people are so loyal to him that they don’t care what he says.  I often wonder who they are and if maybe they’re not part of the OWS crowd.  “Cult,” is really an appropriate word for these people.

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  3. oldcuzComment by oldcuz
    December 21, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Every time he opens his screechy mouth I shudder to think what idiocy he is going to come up with next, and to think there are people that beleive he is the best thing that happend to this Nation since sliced bread makes me even more fearful of what is going to happen to my heirs, good gracious there must be some few people with something for brains besides scrambled eggs. First Obama now Paul. Don’t we ever learn?

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      December 21, 2011 @ 11:49 am

      He’s winning in Iowa, and there isn’t even one article that I’ve come across that even mentions what he said about Manning, let alone the country.  The above article is the only one so far that I’ve seen.

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  4. mark2012Comment by mark2012
    December 21, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    Manning is a hero.  He’s a whisleblower who discovered that his superiors were committing egregous crimes and had a duty to blow the whistle and every honorable American ought to support him.  Our soldiers have been forced to commit crimes that no human being ought to be told to do and it’s still going on.  Every American who refuses to see the truth is complicit.  Here’s one example:  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30034.htm  We take our precious children and make them fight illegal wars and refuse to protect them against criminal leaders.  It does’t wash.  Presidents lie and commit crimes and/or look the other way when officers do and we let them get away with it.  Detention without rights. Waterboarding and other tortures. Punishing an accused before trial. Murder on the the say so of the President and/or his chosen committee. Unamerican and Shamefull.

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    • BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
      December 21, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

      Do you feel the same way about the enemy who beheads our military and dances in the streets, and shows it on TV for the world to see ??? I am not saying that we should act like they do, but, I can bet you, that worse has happened than waterboarding a 100 yrs ago to get info…It isn’t right, but, sometimes it is necessary..War is hell buddy…..
      The enemy nailed Jesus Christ to the cross, and he forgave them…..
      Merry Christmas…

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  5. Rebel with a causeComment by Rebel with a cause
    December 21, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    As a Paul supporter perhaps I can shed some light on the subject.
    Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who is not a “business as usual” establishment puppet.  He stands for freedom, free markets, and small government.  He speaks the truth even when it is not in his best interest.  The rest of them tell you what you want to hear and in the end are just Obama Lite.

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    • Texas PatriotComment by Texas Patriot
      December 21, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

      More mindless talking points. Paul and his supporters are radical wingnuts. There have been small vocal factions like this throughout history. They are incapable of reason or compromise. They have been and continue to be ignored.

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    • Rebel with a causeComment by Rebel with a cause
      December 21, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

      Sorry to hear that you consider concepts like truth and freedom mindless talking points.
      I seem to recall reading about a small, vocal, uncompromisng faction from Massachusetts that was ignored; until 4/19/1775 anyway.

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    • lovemycountry2Comment by lovemycountry2
      December 21, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

      Let me shed some light on this, Ron Paul a nut job and a traitor!

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  6. louisecaComment by louiseca
    December 21, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    This is just frightening that this man has such support in Iowa…or anywhere. What are these people thinking? He could not win against Obama, but what good would it do for us to trade one “scary dude” for another? And this one could even be worse because he’s trying to masquerade as conservative. He is not. He’s a libertarian. They lean so far to the right, they bump into the far-left. He has supporters on the far left. What does that tell you? If the republican party is stupid enough to nominate this man, I will write in a candidate. We’ll lose to Obama anyway, I may as well vote my conscience. The country will be lost for good anyway, whether we’re stuck with four more years of Obama or four years of this strange person..America will be gone.

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  7. BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
    December 21, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    There is no light anyone can shed on Ru Paul or his cult following that would make me see him any different than I do….He is vile, his bots have no talking points, they use scripted sentences and they all sound alike…And I just talked to a friend in Iowa earlier today who said, don’t believe a thing the MSM or cable news channels tell you about the leading candidate and that actually, Michelle Bachman has the lead…That doesn’t please me a whole lot either, she is next in line as a whacko…..BUT Ron Paul= Jim Jones…I hope none of the paulbots get on a plane with  him or drink or eat anything he offers you…..I don’t scare easy, and I tend to just say pfffftttttt to most candidates, but, Ron Paul scares the living **** out of me…

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      December 21, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

      I must differ with you, Buckeyefan. Michele Bachmann is NOT a whacko. She’s the only contender who is a true conservative on every issue and is being vilified for that very reason. Please don’t be so quick to drink the MSM kool-aid.

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    • BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
      December 21, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

      I don’t mind you differing with me teapartyproud….BUT I do mind that you would suggest I take this stance due to the MSM, and drinking their kool-aid….First of all, I don’t drink that nasty stuff, I will stick with Yuengling…..Secondly I obtained my opinion of her, from watching every debate she has been in, and every talk show and interview she has been on….Her and Romney both sound scripted, and robotic…..Sorry she is annoying to me…:) But that is just me….Merry Christmas….

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    • ClarkCComment by ClarkC
      December 21, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

      There is a pretty big difference between Michele Bachmann annoying you and being “whacko.” Time to grow up a little and learn not to let annoyances rise to such a level of importance in deciding your vote.

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    • BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
      December 21, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

      OH MY ClarkC…..I have grown all I intend to grow, and if she annoys me and I see her comments as whacko, that’s my right….I don’t have to see her from your point of view, or visa versa…..Annoyance is not the main reason I don’t like her….I DON”T like anybody who continually says I will do this I will do that, I promise this, I I I…That is annoying, and arrogant….Sounds like Obama…So not thanks….If she is your choice, I respect that, since it is still a free country….She is not, and would not be my choice, because I don’t respect her…..Sorry if that annoys you…..

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  8. BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
    December 21, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151011320000541&set=a.488415740540.389805.487441250540&type=1&t

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  9. CallahanComment by Callahan
    December 21, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    The link wouldn’t work for me, Buckeye, but you’re right about everything you’ve said here about Crazy Uncle Ron. He’s a traitor and disgrace to the GOP and I’m glad he’s on his last term in the House.

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    • BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
      December 21, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

      Funny how people always say they don’t want the old Washington guards, and beltway boys, and all the inner circle candidates like Newt, etc….But Ron Paul has been around longer than most of them, so what does that make him???? A Dinosaur as far as I am concerned……Sorry about that link…..Lets try this one and see if it works…
       
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151011320000541&set=a.488415740540.389805.487441250540&type=1&theater

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  10. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    December 21, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    Paul is a nut case re: his views on national defense. 

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  11. BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
    December 21, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

    AS a P.S. to you Michelle Bachman followers, to me there is no female that I have seen so far, that I would feel comfortable about running the USA…..Now if Condalesa Rice decides to run, you bet there is one lady who would get my vote….AND before anyone says a word, I am a 75+ yr old white woman…..:)

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    • cinbadComment by cinbad
      December 21, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

      And you rock as well!
      Merry Chirstmas 

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    • oldcuzComment by oldcuz
      December 22, 2011 @ 3:02 am

      The only thing that I could add to this is very few of the males occupying the office lately haven’t done all that great of a job and I say if someone like a Palin or Bachmann want to try they couldn’t screw it up much more. Also note that I am an 80 yer old white man. I do not particularly give a flip about their race, sex or sexual persuasion, I just want someone who tries to serve the Nation and not all the special interests if such a person should exist anymore. Everytime we get someone that might possibly fit into that mold the insiders knock them off, so really I can’t see why in the world someone would want to subject themselves and their families to such pure old meanness and resentment,

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    • BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
      December 22, 2011 @ 10:14 am

      OldCuz….I don’t give a flip about race either, I just wanted to mention that before the race cards come flying out, or someone telling me to grow up…..I am well grown, too well I might add in various regions of my body, but my mind is still very very clear…..No, I don’t feel a woman could screw the country up any worse than the gents have, and I don’t even think Hillbilly could have screwed it up as bad as his highness has…..But, I don’t think Bachman is the one I want to trust….Palin, maybe….But I feel Condy Rice, would be terrific, and I might be wrong, but it Dick Cheney, and traitor Powell didn’t like her, then I do…LOL…The whole political arena is sooooo dangerous anymore, we have no respect from the rest of the world, and respect in our own country might as well be a four letter word….There is none….AND yes, I am with you, why would anyone want to subject themselves and their families to this kind of life….Pitiful….Merry Christmas…

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  12. kjb199Comment by kjb199
    December 22, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    So, Mr. Kincaid: You find the most important thing to talk about here is Pvt. Manning’s homosexuality? Apparently so, since you brought it up three times in your post. How this makes him guilty of espionage, I’ll never figure out.
    The only fact I can determine from this article is that you oppose a Presidential candidate that is opposed to indefinite detention of homosexual American soldiers. As for whether Julian ***-un-gee should be subject to espionage charges, that makes almost as much sense as your post. But don’t get your hopes up: I’m not even suggesting that your post makes sense. That would be guilt by association.
    Instead, I suggest that you might want to hold the New York Slimes and the Washington Compost in equal contempt for republishing this material. And it shows why the Federal Imperial Government of the united States should not be above contempt for any of its actions.

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