FILE - In this June 5, 2013, file photo Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, then-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after the third day of his court martial. Advocates of Manning, imprisoned for sending classified information to an anti-secrecy website, presented to the Army's chief Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, more than 115,000 petition signatures protesting new charges she faces related to her recent suicide attempt. Activist groups including Demand Progress presented the petitions to Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning's office on 28-year-old Chelsea Manning's behalf. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Putting Lipstick on Bradley Manning

Here is everything you need to know about the New York Times story on Bradley Manning. It is the last line.

Additional credits: Hair color: André Viveiros. Hair: Christiaan. Makeup: Fulvia Farolfi. Nails: Rieko Okusa. Clothes: Gabriela Hearst and Brandon Maxwell.

This was not an objective, critical look at a guy who betrayed his country and then decided he was a she. This is hagiography of the first order. They dressed him up, brought in the makeup artists, and did their best to make him a girl and a victim.

Bradley Manning can change his name, castrate himself, and gain the sympathies of the left, but it does not change the fact that he betrayed his country, put soldiers in harms way, and Barack Obama irresponsibly let him go. He is no hero and the left making him a cause is one reason we should not take their screams of treason against Trump seriously.

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