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Not so fast with the 'traitorous' label

In his recent column ("A silence from liberals that speaks volumes," June 23), Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. condemns Pfc. Bradley Manning as "traitorous." His evidence? That Seal Team Six found Osama bin Laden in possession of materials Private Manning had released — to the world.

Mr. Ehrlich's point is well-taken, but his accusation is unfairly selective. Recently declassified documents reveal that additional incriminating evidence was discovered in bin Laden's hideaway. A box of Rice-a-Roni was in his pantry. A half-empty bottle of Flo-max sat in his medicine cabinet. And several rolls of Charmin (all of them squeezed) were stacked on his toilet lid.

Consequently, we now know that American corporations — scandalously, traitorously — were helping to keep bin Laden comfortable as he hid from justice.

Daniel Fleisher, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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