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  1. Ben Milleare@Digital Marketing Consultant

    While I don’t know a huge amount about the details of Bradley Manning’s case, it can’t be denied that he made public classified information. There is no doubt as to what ‘classified’ means, regardless of the moral argument.

    The pursuit of Aaron Swartz on the other hand was entirely unnecessary and carried out purely as a portfolio case study for Carmen Ortiz to stick on her resume. The data that he liberated was nothing that posed any threat to anyone or any thing. Did he commit a crime? yes. Did the punishment being pursued fit that crime? not at all.

    The draconian cyber laws that facilitated this saga absolutely need to be changed as soon as possible.

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    1. jonny hankins
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      I agree, Manning released classified information and I think he is going to military prison for a very long time. As for the Swartz case a lot comes down to how he was pursued, although we will never know if his suicide was linked. He had suffered from depression.
      On a lighter note I bet you wish you had some more hair today now it’s cold! I too am a razor head, all in a good cause.

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  2. vicky
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    I don’t agree with the punishment that was levied upon Aaron Swartz. After all it was not some major leakout of security. Such huge fine and imprisonment maybe what drove Aaron to do such thing. Bradley Manning may have a different take on his thinking and he did what he believed was right to do. 16 years is too long and he could have been done away with less.

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    1. jonny hankins
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      Well the authorities have to make an example of him unfortunately, otherwise the flood gates could open. One thing that is interesting is that the veterans organizations (in general) are supporting him. Veterans For Peace are running a campaign an, I wonder if people who have actually seen war in real life can understand what he has done better than us?

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  3. Shane
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    You know it really is sad when things like this go down. The first time something like this happened that I cam remember is when Napster came out and they were charged with numerous crimes, and had many court cases, and all because the laws were not defined properly. I think laws should be fixed or rewritten before charges are brought, not charge and then figure out what the law meant. Not only does it start to set a precedence but it drags people threw the mud before anyone knows what mud they are being dragged threw.

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    1. jonny hankins
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      The problem is that the law is always too slow, technology moves too fast. People are being charged with things that were written 50 years ago when the world was a different place. This will continue to be a problem too, think about surveilance technology and the rest.

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  4. Nishadha@Diagramming Blog

    Considering what they have done the punishments seem extreme. But then again it’s more about making an example more than the punishment. Although not totally related the MegaUpload sage is a good example for this. I mean 50 years for running a file hosting site?
    Online piracy act is backed some some major companies and they wont this implemented one way or the another. And we all should be thankful to people like Aaron Swartz, because when you think about it they are fighting for us.

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    1. jonny hankins
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      CNN has just run a report anout Anonymous threatening to release sensitve materials about the USW justice system, let’s see what unfolds. Aaron has a lot of friends that believe in what they are doing and certainly know how to do it. I do not see how fighting them in this way will ever work. They can get access to any site they want whenever they want, whatever they say about robust security.

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    ... couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about Aaron Swartz, and many see him as “a hacker for good”. He was greatly revered and respected in the Internet ...

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