What is protected in the First Amendment is not the right of commercial enterprises to exploit the news for profit, but rather of citizens to become informed. That requires the courage of heroic sources, including Bradley Manning.
Critics have rightly pointed out that the our government should not violate the fundamental human rights of Pfc. Manning, regardless of any crimes he may have committed. The same is true for every other prisoner in solitary confinement in this country.
It's ironic that PJ Crowley went to MIT to talk about the power of new media on foreign policy issues only to find that a blog posting of his remarks ended his career as America's top foreign policy spokesman.
Manning is held in maximum custody, alone in a six by 12 feet cell. He is not allowed sheets or pillows to sleep with. If he tries to do sit-ups, guards stop him. He's also said to be a threat to himself. His lawyer says that's a ruse.