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NYT: WikiLeak Due To Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

From where else but the New York Times:

Early Struggles of Soldier Charged in Leak Case

August 8, 2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — He spent part of his childhood with his father in the arid plains of central Oklahoma, where classmates made fun of him for being a geek. He spent another part with his mother in a small, remote corner of southwest Wales, where classmates made fun of him for being gay.

Then he joined the Army, where, friends said, his social life was defined by the need to conceal his sexuality under “don’t ask, don’t tell” and he wasted brainpower fetching coffee for officers.

But it was around two years ago, when Pfc. Bradley Manning came here to visit a man he had fallen in love with, that he finally seemed to have found a place where he fit in, part of a social circle that included politically motivated computer hackers and his boyfriend, a self-described drag queen. So when his military career seemed headed nowhere good, Private Manning, 22, turned increasingly to those friends for moral support.

And now some of those friends say they wonder whether his desperation for acceptance — or delusions of grandeur — may have led him to disclose the largest trove of government secrets since the Pentagon Papers

Much remains unknown about his journey there from Crescent, Okla., the small town where he was born. But interviews with people who know him, along with e-mail exchanges between him and Adrian Lamo, the computer hacker who turned him in, offer some insights into Private Manning’s early years, why he joined the Army and how he came to be so troubled, especially in recent months.

“I’ve been isolated so long,” Private Manning wrote in May to Mr. Lamo, who turned the chat logs over to the authorities and the news media. “But events kept forcing me to figure out ways to survive.”

Survival was something Private Manning began learning as a young child in Crescent. His father, Brian Manning, was also a soldier and spent a lot of time away from home, former neighbors recalled. His mother, Susan Manning, struggled to cope with the culture shock of having moved to the United States from her native Wales, the neighbors said…

At school, Bradley Manning was clearly different from most of his peers. He preferred hacking computer games rather than playing them, former neighbors said. And they said he seemed opinionated beyond his years about politics, religion, and even about keeping religion out of politics.

But no, apparently, sexual preference.

In his Bible Belt hometown that he once mockingly wrote in an e-mail had “more pews than people,” Private Manning refused to recite the parts of the Pledge of Allegiance that referred to God or do homework assignments that involved the Scriptures. And if a teacher challenged his views, former classmates said, he was quick to push back.

“He would get upset, slam books on the desk if people wouldn’t listen to him or understand his point of view,” said Chera Moore, who attended elementary and junior high school with him. “He would get really mad, and the teacher would say, ‘O.K., Bradley, get out.’ ”

It was something he would hear a lot throughout his life.

After Private Manning’s parents divorced, he moved with his mother to Haverfordwest, Wales, her hometown, and began a new chapter of isolation..

Former students at his school there, Tasker Milward, remembered Private Manning being teased for all sort of reasons. His American accent. His love of Dr Pepper. The amount of time he spent huddled before a computer.

And then, students began to suspect he was gay.

Sometimes, former classmates said, he reacted to the teasing by idly boasting about stealing other students’ girlfriends. At other times, he openly flirted with boys. Often, with only the slightest provocation, he would launch into fits of rage

But life ahead did not immediately brighten for Private Manning. After his troubled high school years, his mother sent him back to Oklahoma to live with his father and his older sister…

Then his father found out he was gay and kicked him out of the house, friends said…

He enlisted in the Army in 2007, to try to give his life some direction and to help to pay for college, friends said.

He was granted a security clearance and trained as an intelligence analyst at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., before being assigned to the Second Brigade 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Before being deployed to Iraq, Private Manning met Tyler Watkins, who described himself on his blog as a classical musician, singer and drag queen. A friend said the two had little in common, but Private Manning fell head over heels. Mr. Watkins, who did not respond to interview requests for this article, was a student at Brandeis University. On trips to visit him here in Cambridge, Private Manning got to know many in Mr. Watkins’ wide network of friends, including some who were part of this university town’s tight-knit hacker community.

Friends said Private Manning found the atmosphere here to be everything the Army was not: openly accepting of his geeky side, his liberal political opinions, his relationship with Mr. Watkins and his ambition to do something that would get attention

Meanwhile, his military career was anything but stellar. He had been reprimanded twice, including once for assaulting an officer. He wrote in e-mails that he felt “regularly ignored” by his superiors “except when I had something essential, then it was back to ‘Bring me coffee, then sweep the floor.’ ”

And it seems the more isolated he felt in the military — he wore custom dog tags that said “Humanist,” and friends said he kept a toy fairy wand on his desk in Iraq — the more he clung to his hacker friends

And as he faces the possibility of a lifetime in prison, some of Private Manning’s remarks now seem somewhat prophetic.

“I wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much,” he wrote, “if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me plastered all over the world press.”

Gosh, how heart breaking. Obviously, it’s the US military and its anti-homosexual policies that should be on trial here.

But once again, gentle reader, note how the New York Times will use any news, any person, to advance their homosexual agenda.

It is almost more important to them than destroying the country.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “NYT: WikiLeak Due To Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

  1. jambon says:

    If you can rationalize homosexuality you can rationalize anything.

  2. proreason says:

    Isn’t this episode one of the primary reasons homosexuals shouldn’t be serving in the military?

    But hey, let’s just do the full monty and put them in charge of the Joint Chiefs, the CIA, the FBI and the NSA. It’s working out pretty good for the DHS, the POTUS, the Chairman of the Financial oversight committe in the House, and the Supreme Court isn’t it? Look how much happier and safer the country is now that queers dominate our politics. Sure there have been little glitches like dancing on the edge of economic oblivion, allowing Iran to acquite nuclear weapons to obliterate Israel, terroist attacks stopped seconds before boom, and the occasional beheading or ten by illegal immigrants……but it’s all worth it if Perez Hilton and Bradley Manning are happy.

    Once every pervert in the country is open and out, loud and proud, they can get down to the real agena and shut down the lives of non-perverted Americans for having the audacity to disapprove of them exercising their depravities in public.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Isn’t “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” the policy that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military in the first place, so long as they did not reveal their sexuality to others?

    I don’t get it. He’s angry about being given a chance in a military that he chose to serve, and as a result he’s outing information that could get people killed? What a guy.

    P.S. I can’t put a fairy wand on my desk at work either. And I’m straight. Coincidence???

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    How ironic. Here’s a guy who the Taliban would string up at lunchtime like a pinata while the town took turns wacking him until all that was left was that sorry fairy’s wand he loved so much.

    What a sad case. When the time comes & he meets his maker, I wonder if those who were caught, tortured along with their loved ones & died because of him, I wonder if they get to escort him through the Pearly Gates & stand by him unlike he did for them.

  5. bobbys says:

    I dont think he was Drafted He must have volunteered , In any case he took an oath.

    Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath. The oath of enlistment into the United States Armed Forces is administered by any commissioned officer to any person enlisting or re-enlisting for a term of service into any branch of the military. The officer asks the person, or persons, to raise their right hand and repeat the oath after him. The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag and other flags, such as the state flag, military branch flag, and unit guidon may be present.

    In the Armed Forces EXCEPT the National Guard (Army or Air)

    I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

  6. jobeth says:

    “He wrote in e-mails that he felt “regularly ignored” by his superiors “except when I had something essential, then it was back to ‘Bring me coffee, then sweep the floor.’ ”

    Awww, now I do feel sorry for the little critter…NOT…

    Welcome to the military dimwit! Its a place of rank (and it’s privileges). Its not to be confused with a warm fuzzy group meeting. That happens to all low ranking soldiers.

    Now I’m going to say something really politically incorrect…( I love doing that)

    EVERY gay I have ever met, including those in my own extended family, have always come from VERY dysfunctional backgrounds…I don’t mean normally dysfunctional like we all come from… I mean REAL problems…and every single one of them have attitude problems and have a chip on their shoulder.

    Seems the gays I know all love to swim upstream…and if they aren’t…they find a way to do so.

    Then complain that the world is picking on them. They seem to feel no responsibility to try to get along with others.

    Personally I have never met a contented gay. They may be nice for a moment, but somehow, someway they find a way to be the victim.

    Ok…have at it. I’m ready for the flack I can expect is coming. :-D

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “The reason there are stereotypes is because people behave stereotypically”

      Don’t know who said that…but.

      Every personality trait has markers. It’s been that way since the dawn of time. Recently, I took up reading some translations of Roman texts and was astounded at how modern they were. Sure, the translation was “adjusted” to modern English, but the mindsets and attitudes were all very recognizable.

      So, we have lost our sense of humor about our differences and thus, most cannot laugh at themselves. We are beginning to approach the hard, cold demeanor that was so prevalent in the Soviet Union and most glaring in East Germany….the “DDR”. Like Robin Williams said, (as a Russian) “In my country, no one laughs, they just go *stomp*stomp* “FUNNY!”

      At the company I work, going to the cafeteria is an interesting event. Spotting the gays is as easy as can be. Not just a lisp or a “hitch in their git-along”, it’s the fastidiousness, the picky nature, the Felix Unger attitude. I find it absolutely gut-wrenching hysterical.

    • jobeth says:

      They (the so called men) SAY they want to be female…when was the last time you saw even a woman behave like them? Very few women would ever be that fastidiousness and picky or swish like that. lol

      Same can be said in reverse. When do you see a man behave like some of these lesbians?.

      Naw…I’d rather be a first class woman than a fake man. Bet you would rather be a first class man than a fake women too…lol Of course I’m a straight woman so I don’t get it…lol

      As I said before…I firmly believe these people love to irritate, and spit into the wind. This allows them victim-hood to the max. If they can find a way to tick you off…they are at it.

      I’ve worked around enough of them to say everyone walks on eggs around them so as not to offend them in one of their many many issues.

      I’ve also gotten along with them well…IF they keep their sexual orientation to themselves and if they keep their minds on their work.

      After saying all that…a note to the lurking lefties out there…NO, I don’t ever want to see any gay hurt, or humiliated because they are gay. (just felt the need to clarify…:-D)

    • Swimming upstream..

      As much an anti-traditional thing I suppose.

      a couple decades ago on the Larry King radio program some “expert” talked about how “being gay is like a like or dis-like for chocolate.. you are born with it” I remember thinking at the time “that would go far in the defense of all types of sexual predator preferences too..”

      Hate to be so anti PC but Its either a choice or a birth defect. I don’t care which flag they want to fly about it, but either way its not right, and frankly nothing good can come of allowing those openly in the Military.

    • jobeth says:

      Jason, I know there are all kinds of birth defects and oddities in nature…but that is the key…they are defects and oddities.

      I suppose its possible that homosexuality could be one of them. But birth defects and oddities are RARE.

      They don’t just show up one day after years of “normal” behavior, and not in large numbers.

      A family member who as a young teenager went ga ga over the guys was allowed more freedom to sexually explore than I would have allowed in a child of mine.

      Being from England, that culture views early sexuality in a very liberal way. Her parents actually expected her to be involved sexually and considered it “normal” and quite ok.

      Her friends were pretty liberal of course and it flowed over into their sex lives.

      I don’t know of course…because I wasn’t there but for all the world imho is that because of all the experimentation and going further and further to get their kicks…someone along the line told her that because they had “fun” together she was gay.

      Since that time she has brought two girl friends home to live with her and her parents…who are all too anxious to be “PC”.

      It grieved them but they don’t tell her no…or that she can’t bring her girlfriends home with her to live in their house.

      I really think that kids these days are so brainwashed and “PC’d” and unsupervised and BORED they get into way too much. They believe anything anyone tells them if it is something that will allow wrong behavior.

      These parents need to be parents…and teach… They need to keep these kids busy with learning and work. A little supervised fun should be a treat. The quest for fun should not be a full time goal. If they were kept busy with wholesome activities these perverted creeps wouldn’t have access to them.

      It breaks my heart that this girl is now going down this path…but its a choice. I remember her before her conversion.

      No one has ever proven that homosexuality is a physical anomaly. As I said, it would be a defect or oddity not “normal” biology.

      There is nothing in nature that would support the claim that homosexuality is normal.

      I realize there are those, even among conservatives who disagree but I’ve never seen anything to convince me otherwise.

  7. canary says:

    AP makes it sound like radical violent transvestite Manning has many many friends.

    It was the military dress code that led to Manning’s act of violence against the U.S.A.
    The military dress code does not discriminate between straight or straight military men, or for the most the dress both straight & gay military women wear. They refused to let him wear pink, his lovers favorite color.

    Manning kissed those officers butts every chance he got.

    Toy fairy wand?, my as. It was a real fairy wand he worked his arm off waving that thing around.
    Fetching coffee? my as. He was serving tea. Manning would wink, and say “coffee, tea or me”. Manning wanted to prove to the drag queen he loved that they were meant for each other.

    Manning went so far as to sexually harassed a male or female officer, by assaulting him or her, because neither were the same sex as Manning was.

    Manning committed a hate crime against the U.S. mililtary because of their sexual preference & their military dress code. Manning hated that material.
    He wanted to wear pink.

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