Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Bradley Manning Trial Begins

The highest-profile trial of an official leaker in a generation got under way on Monday three years after Bradley Manning’s arrest. On one side, the US government accused the soldier (left) of betraying his country to satisfy a craving for notoriety, while the defense presented him as a young, naive humanist who just wanted to make the world a better place.

Of the 21 counts faced by the army private, by far the most serious is that he willfully gave intelligence information to al-Qaida by dumping a massive and indiscriminate trove of state secrets to the open information website WikiLeaks.

I find it plain ridiculous that soldiers who killed innocents remain free but this man who demonstrated real courage by exposing the killers is accused of 'aiding the enemy'! [For background info, check out this link http://helpvictor.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-whistleblower.html].

Yesterday evening, I was at Bandar Puteri in Puchong for the Puchong English Toastmasters meeting. I was tasked to evaluate Alan Wong (the incoming club president 2013-2014) who delivered his tenth CC speech. I gave an honest evaluation as I always did and I was also voted Best Evaluator. It was a good meeting insofar as speeches and evaluations were concerned and this young club continued to draw Toastmasters from D’Utama Advanced, MIHRM, IEM, Shell, AFC, MidValley and Sunway University seven different clubs in all to not only grace the meeting but took on meeting roles. I would give this meeting a score of a 5.5 over 10.

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