The Military should be thanking Manning, many of the records released may be the only records they have for those who served in, and veterans issues from, as well as for the history of the conflicts and more, done under the two bushes:
There were 700,000 documents. Not all of those were crimes. The vast majority of them were routine reports, diplomatic exchanges, details about U.S. operations.
ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan VeteransDeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."
SUMMARY Though found not guilty of aiding the enemy, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted on other 19 charges. Former CIA official Jeffrey Smith and Michael Ratner from the Center for Constitutional Rights join Jeffrey Brown to offer their views on the verdict, the fairness of his charges and the impact for the U.S. government. Transcript
The 'guilty of aiding the 'enemy'' were those who gave the orders to abandon the main missions, to invade and destroy another country and it's people, and the country quickly walked away from any and all accountability as they were leaving the government!
Those within the country, media included, and their constant condemnation of others and the religious ideologies of as they cheered on the breaking of ours and international laws on torture and more, which built the blowback and spread of al Qaeda style criminal terrorism that killed and maimed troops in theater and civilians in criminal terror attacks in many countries since.
As they fully supported all that came from those elected and not elected leaders at that time while condemning others that have and still do the exact same in many countries to their innocent citizens of who they also condemned.
They and everyone have yet to pay for these wars and especially the results from, Deja-Vu all over again, a decade plus added to the previous decades and wars from and the underfunded VA, the rapid deficit rising and rubber stamping started Before 9/11 continuing with both wars and much more!!
Give the kid 'time served', and under the reported conditions he was held, and let him start reliving his life!!