Manning Defense: Leaks Driven by Narcissism, Not Patriotism

After his conviction on 20 charges of espionage and theft, the Bradley Manning trial is in its sentencing phase now and Manning's Defense lawyers are arguing for a less harsh sentence (than the possible 100 years), pointing to Manning's mental health status, confusion, gender identity confusion, and yes, narcissism as mental conditions that should mitigate his sentence.
Testifying for the defense, Navy Reserve Captain David Moulton, a forensic psychiatrist, said he had diagnosed Manning as having gender dysphoria, or wanting to be the opposite sex, as well as narcissism and obsessive-compulsive behavior. Those problems were compounded by the unraveling of a romantic relationship, the isolation and stress of serving in a combat base in Iraq and post-adolescent idealism, Moulton said.
When Pragmatic Progressives recognized this and called out Bradley Manning for being a narcissistic, confused, obsessive-compulsive man who were doing more harm than good, we were derided because we were "name-calling." We failed to understand that selfless greatness of The Manning (TM) and his heroism, we are told. I wonder what the Professional Left will say now that Manning's own defense is claiming that his OCD and narcissism, not the national interest, was at the heart of his actions.

For his part, Manning apologized to the court for hurting his country.
"I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States," the 25-year-old U.S. Army Private First Class told the sentencing phase of his court-martial. "I'm apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me." [...]

"I should have worked more aggressively within the system. Unfortunately, I can't go back and change things," Manning, wearing his dress uniform and glasses, his hair in a crew cut, said from the witness stand.
There is no way to tell if this 'sorry' is real remorse or simply gunning for a shorter sentence, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. At least, he stood trial, and after its outcome began to accept it rather than taking a defiant tack that no doubt would prove popular for his devotees. Whatever motivation his decision to abandon his worshipers and apologize to his country came from, I welcome it. If he is sincere, he has at long last began to fulfill his oath as a member of the military - to put country above self, and that is welcome news.

But let's get one thing straight. Today, Bradley Manning's own defense team has laid bare the hollowness of the narcissistic actions of faux-patriots like Edward Snowden and faux-journalists like Glenn Greenwald. They have made it clear that leaking vast amounts of national security documents without specific proof of abuse or illegality is not a sign of courage but one of cowardice. Narcissism is a real condition, and most of the Black Helicopter Left's heroes suffer from it. They do what they do not as whistleblowers thinking of their country, but as self-important egotists looking for attention and imagining themselves heroes of the moment.

Developing. Watch this space.

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