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Editorial: Congress should review aiding the enemy law

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opinion Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

While Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was fortunate in being found not guilty of "aiding the enemy" in military court Tuesday, he was found guilty of violating a number of laws, including parts of the Espionage Act.

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Manning, 25, has admitted that he leaked nearly 700,000 classified items - battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and videos - to the WikiLeaks organization.

While the content Manning shared may have benefited U.S. enemies, such as al-Qaeda, the government failed to prove that he intended to aid the enemy by providing information to WikiLeaks.

Now the sentencing phase of his trial awaits Manning, as he faces more than a century of imprisonment for the violations he was convicted of in military court.

Apparently aiding the enemy is a more direct action, like Gen. Benedict Arnold's intent to surrender West Point to the British Army during the American Revolution.

The world has changed since then.

The time has arrived for Congress to review the aiding the enemy law, especially in light of the evolution of security needs and technology capabilities in this new world.

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