Should conservatives start sticking up for Bradley Manning?

The Obama administration's recent bullying of journalists might create sympathy for the WikiLeaks secret spiller, who is being aggressively prosecuted by DoJ

U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is accused of passing thousands of diplomatic cables and intelligence reports to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
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Depending whom you ask, Pfc. Bradley Manning is either a heroic whistleblower scapegoated by the Obama administration or a traitor with blood on his hands who deserves the death penalty.

Conservatives have generally belonged in the latter category. But one wonders whether the recent Obama scandals might change conservatives' perception, making them more sympathetic to Manning's plight.

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