Instead of giving my opinion about Manning, let me offer a summary of some of the very significant (if over-looked) things his leaks revealed, to help everyone make up their own minds. He showed a lot more than just the Collateral Murder video and some “embarrassing” diplomatic revelations. EXAMPLES: 1) Tens of thousands of extra murders of civilians by US forces that the military lied about (claiming they weren’t even counting). 2) Systematic use of torture by allied forces, whereby the US would turn over people it had rounded up somewhat arbitrarily to Iraqi (etc) forces for regular and brutal torture. 3) Broad use of bribes and threats by the US against poor countries in the UN, for example to prevent them for pushing for more serious approaches to preventing climate change through international regulation. 4) Most prisoners in Guantanamo are not considered guilty even by US officials. 5) The US supports and helps install brutal and corrupt regimes around the world. Many people could claim to have “known” all of this before (I didn’t), but it’s still far different reading the government admit these things officially in their own documents. Thus the leaks were historic, and helped kick off a new era in the struggle for world peace and progress. CONSIDER: 1) The Iraq War ended ONLY because the Iraqi parliament revoked immunity for US forces there. Obama wanted to extend the war far beyond but wouldn’t risk scores of US soldiers and officers sent to jail for their routine crimes. What did several members of Iraqi parliament cite in helping them realize the need to hold US forces accountable for crimes? Manning’s leaks to WL. 2) Many leaders of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt have cited info about their country from Manning’s leaks as an important catalyst for the overthrow of dictatorships there. Local media ran in-depth exposes of dictatorship crimes, as recounted in US cables, and groups like Anonymous helped spread the message by rerouting local government websites to descriptions of abuses from the leaks. The Arab Spring went on to inspire social justice movements around the globe and awaken what even authoritarian thinkers have admitted is a new era of mass protest including Occupy and Los Indignados. 3) While press coverage in the US has been limited and focused on Manning’s personality and so-called wrong-doing, global media coverage has exploded with stories based on the leaks, UP TO THIS DAY. For instance, we can learn (if we choose to read foreign media) how the US has played a large part in the recent wars and famine in the Horn of Africa, something that brought suffering to millions that we wouldn’t have known about without the leaks. So much of the leaked info doesn’t even concern the US directly, but gives information about serious wrongdoing by foreign govts and groups that is highly relevant to local people. Serious shifts in public opinion and even electoral changes can be traced to outrage over information revealed in the leaks, some of which refer all the way back to events of the 1960s. 4) It is now slightly more difficult for our government (or any government or even company) to wage injustice, as all institutional criminals are now aware of the power of whistle-blowers and open-source leaks to shine a light on their crimes. 5) As a side benefit reaction to these leaks has helped us see the “true colors” of politicians and journalists across the board, and forced many previously “non-political” people to confront the unjust nature of their own governments and the complicity of the media like never before. So is Manning a traitor to the US government? If that’s your answer, then consider what the powers he is “betraying” stand for.