Army Pvt. Bradley Manning's sexuality has surfaced in the WikiLeaks investigation and acccording to a friend, Manning's harrassment in boot camp is surfacing as a potential reason for his actions. He said that he and Manning met in a Washington D.C. gay bar and while their relationship was initially physical, they have become good friends. It was through this friend that Manning's alleged harrassment in boot camp surfaced.
CNN investigates Manning's troubled past in the U.K. following his parents divorce. A few a Manning's prep school classmates where tracked down in the U.K. and they described him as someone who would stick up for himself in a fight even if he knew that he would lose the battle. Another described Manning's ability to run complex computer code as young as age 14 or 15 and described him as talanted.
Manning has been directly accused of leaking an Army video to WiliLeaks. He is also suspected of leaking thousands of classified documents that appeared on WikiLeaks around the same time.
Should it come to pass that Manning is in fact guilty, and the reason for his actions are over boot camp harrassment and his opposition for Don't Ask, Don't Tell, he just handed the opposition a ton of red meat for keeping gays out of the military.
I'm just going to hope that this is all some sort of mistake at that Manning had nothing to do with leaking this video. Because no matter how distrubing the video is that Manning is accused of handing over to WikiLinks, there is no valid justification for it, especially not boot camp harrassment or an idiodic Military policy like DADT.