However what Snowden dd I release something that goes against the laws of the land.
What the Private did was betray his position release hundreds of thousands of files the majority of which where not illegal just classified.
That difference makes the two. The Private deserves his punishment where Snowden has done no such thing.
Just to put things into perspective, it turns out that Snowden also served a term as an enlisted man, was grossly disillusioned about what was happening once he got in, broke both legs in some sort of accident, and received a medical discharge. So he and Manning actually took the same oath. So did I.
"Betray his position"? How exactly does one betray one's position? I think I know what you're trying to say, but it is still a specious argument.
Bradley took an oath to protect and defend the USC. His intimate knowledge of government crimes revealed to him that the USC had been violated and assaulted by men way up the chain of command from his lowly position.
Those men also took the oath to protect the document and the legal principles it embodies. They certainly had violated their oath, many times over.
Exposing the crimes of government is not betrayal in any real meaning of the word. He has betrayed nobody at all. In the spirit of Thoreau and MLK, he committed civil disobedience, call it military disobedience if you must, so that the criminal actions of the government might be stopped, and the criminals prosecuted.
If this were a conscientious government we have today (it ain't, I know) Manning would receive the CMH, and the many wrongs would be righted.