Establishment rag Wired and the Public Broadcasting Service are doing their level best to present Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning in an extremely poor light before his trial.
Not content with the people that set Bradley Manning up by running an article that effectively grassed him up to the authorities, Wired has run a story about a PBS documentary which describes Manning as a violent piece of work.
According to PBS frontline, a year before he entered the army, coppers had to remove Manning from his father's home after he allegedly threatened his stepmum with a knife.
In what Wired calls a "revelation" the stepmother made a call to Oklahoma coppers in 2006, after Manning, then 18, argued with his father and stepmother.
Apparently the dad fell over after trying to intervene in the argument and his wife called 911.
When the cops asked if Manning still had the knife, the stepmother replied that he'd put it down somewhere. But he would not go away.
Manning was escorted from the house but was not arrested or charged with anything. He later moved out of the house. So a bloke had a row with his stepmum and left home.
However, according to Wired, the incident would not be the last time Manning allegedly exhibited violent behaviour. It pointed out that he had been demoted from specialist to private first class for punching an Army colleague in the face.
This is according to transcripts of an online chat he had with former hacker Adrian Lamo who just happened to be the man who grassed Manning up.
But the violence gets worse, according to Wired. Manning's supervisor at Fort Drum in New York had told his superiors that Manning had thrown chairs at colleagues and shouted at higher-ranking soldiers. That would make him a candidate for CEO of Microsoft in the real world.
While we understand that it is not good that soldiers are aggressive, particularly if they get into combat situations, it remains questionable why Wired is so keen on putting the boot into Manning after its reporting got him locked up. We can only assume that the magazine has become incredibly establishment in its old age.