July 26th, 2013
10:47 AM ET

Snowden and Manning: A tale of accused leakers

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the similarities – and differences – between Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.


Filed under: Bradley Manning • Edward Snowden
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    Yes, but did they actually help the intelligence complex and the NSA? See here:

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    July 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  44. Jill

    Has the thought crossed your minds that perhaps Wiki Leaks is behind these activities? Getting people planted into third party government contractors such as Booz Allen and see what happens. Who knows how many they have planted. How else can you explain a relatively low level IT ee' such as Snowden stealing so much information in less than 3 months employment .

    July 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
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      i believe snowden & manning were led into the actions they took by a desire for notority / a pat on the back for their uncovering the sins of the U.S.government / America. I see neither man as a hero,yet not as a traitor. I believe they both signed contracts that they broke and should be held accountable for that action/s. As i recall,had Snowden truly wanted to inform the American public regarding NSA's actions that may or may not have been illegal,he could have done so and could have used the protection of the "whistle blower" laws of the U.S. to aid in his defence in court. Something he will not be able to use in Russia, or any south american country.

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  60. TheThresh.com

    Just Snowden and Manning? What about Assange? There's a chance US attention could back to him now. Check:

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  61. TJ

    A Tale of Two Idiots sounds more appropriate. One released some embarrassing cables that have already been largely forgotten about. The other released generalized information about how our intelligence agencies collect information, and what they collect should be no surprise to anyone.

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    We simply must not allow these traitors to live. Since we have Manning in custody, we need to just execute him. As for Snowden, the best way to handle it is to send in our SEAL teams and shoot him dead. We will then see who else wants to f-ck with us.

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  64. HONEST JOHN

    Both are naïve as are most Americans in believing that the Government is an all caring provider. The world we live in is dangerous with those that seek the destruction of everything and everyone in order to meet an allusive order of end times. What made America great was not our leadership but the voice of reason through the masses. By exposing those in power for spying on their own is courageous even while destructive to the very foundations of our nation. Are we so gullible to believe that espionage is conducted only by rogue countries even as others tap into our infrastructure, banks, military think tanks and yes, yours and my personal emails? Without checks and balances in the US Government, we are only worthy of a third world dictatorship yet there must be a means to protect this valuable nation from tranny and external threats. Hence the need for offensive actions but with balanced response to ensure the masses are provided for.

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  65. Joseph McCarthy

    Both Edward Snowden and Pfc. Bradley Manning are heroes and now let's recognize them as such! Just ignore all these idiots here who keep showing their stupidity by ranting against them! Like someone has already said, if being stupid was a virtue, those who rant against Snowden and Manning would be living saints!

    July 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  66. George patton

    CATCH AND HANG THOSE GOONS. PERIOD.

    July 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • The Maven

      They are both traitors. They both deserve the firing squad, but since we are not at war (except with Islam) will hopefully rot their lives away in Leavenworth,

      July 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply
      • George patton

        Thank you, Maven. Spoken like a true hateful, feeble minded, hillbilly Tea Partier from the South! Did you ever get past the 5th grade in school? It doesn't appear that way!!!

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      • Dan McDermott

        Snowden is not a member of the military. Leavenworth is a military prison. You are as poorly informed on this as you seem to be on other things.

        July 29, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  67. chrisneetz

    There's a media blackout on 'Surveillance State Repeal Act'

    July 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  68. Randy Oftedahl

    Someday, if America survives, these two courageous heroes willl be remembered and honored for the sacrifices they have made to save American democracy. God bless Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden!

    July 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      ...or these two punks will be remembered and condemned for their anti-American acts, they have jeopardized the American security aka democracy. Hang Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden!

      July 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Good posting, Randy. Both Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are heroes but try telling that to the ignorant slobs here who see them as "traitors" who need to be "shot on sight". All these ignoramuses who rant against these men are only showing off their stupidity. In fact, if being stupid was a virtue, these anti-Snowden, anti-Manning ignoramuses would be living saints!!!

      July 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
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        July 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
      • zeibodique

        Heros? Snowden LEFT THE COUNTRY. If he had any nads, he would have obtained a lawyer or lawyers and then spilled his guts on the very soil he smeared.. You don't yell fire in a crowded theater and expect to be high fived after. As for Manning, he's just a troulbed soul who doesn't care for the United States in any way shape or form. Both of them are far from being heros. If people like me are consideredd "Ignorant slobs" for our view on it, then you are a disgusting, bottom feeding poster child for everything wrong in this world today. May KARMA strkie you with the worst that can happen to an indvidual.

        July 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
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        July 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
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      July 29, 2013 at 3:09 am | Reply
  69. sadAmerican

    I think these two men just wanted to be famous and they found a very easy, convenient way to do it.

    July 26, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • George patton

      I don't think so, sadAmerican. These men are are now vilified to no end by a very ignorant public plus the right-wing politicians who take full advantage of this ignorance plus the right-wing news media. If they truly wanted fame, these men would have chosen a different path for it!

      July 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Dan McDermott

      Manning wanted to be famous so he tried to remain anonymous. Got it.

      July 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • thomas vesely

      no, they just hate your freedoms...........

      July 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply

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