Bradley Manning ‘Broke The Law,’ Obama Says (VIDEO)

Bradley Manning ‘Broke The Law,’ Obama Says (VIDEO)

President Barack Obama said Pfc. Bradley Manning broke the law following a fundraiser in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, Forbes reports.

The suggestion the president made was caught on camera during an impromptu and casual conversation regarding the Army private suspected of giving classified information to WikiLeaks.

While it is difficult to make out all of what the president had to say in a clip of the remarks, he can be heard suggesting there’s a difference between the situation with Manning and that of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. (Forbes provides a rough transcript of the comments.) Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the secret information on the conflict, has defended Manning and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The AP notes, “Ellsberg was charged with espionage, but the case was thrown out amid disclosure of extensive government misconduct against Ellsberg.”

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