Dubbing Manning a whistleblower
then — someone who exposes government or corporate wrongdoing with an eye to righting a wrong — is a stretch.
What Snowden did, however, was much more calculated and useful. Though the programs he exposed were legal and approved by Congress and the judiciary, the scope of the internal spying his documents exposed was a much-needed shock to the system.
Yes, what Snowden did was criminal. What Manning did was criminal. But that’s where the comparisons end.
— The Record-Eagle