There are those who point to Manning's orientation as a cause of his espionage. The truth is that we should be careful before jumping to any conclusions as the Navy has some odd history. Way back in 1989 we were told a suicidal homosexual depressed over
a relationship caused an explosion that killed 47 including Clayton Hartwig the accused. It turned out that there never was any evidence that Hartwig was gay, or that the tragedy was anything other than a tragic accident aboard the USS Iowa.
I do not believe anything the lowlife Assange says, but Manning should have his day in court. If he is found guilty, he should be sentenced according to the guidelines established by military protocol.