What Did Nick Spencer Think About President Obama And Chelsea Manning?

I may not be particularly proud of it. But when I read the news about President Obama commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning so that she would be freed later this year, my first thought was "what will Nick Spencer think?"

Because, as Captain America writer, a few years ago he wrote what I thought at the time was a clumsy, ham-fisted approach to her story. Having ex-soldier the USAgent leak sensitive SHIELD files about the government working with some very bad people around the world. And Captain America taking the moral lead that this was a bad thing. Not so much the working with bad people but the leaking of the information…

What Did Nick Spencer Think About President Obama And Chelsea Manning?

And Captain America on the way to save their lives, now that their collusion with the US had been revealed.

What Did Nick Spencer Think About President Obama And Chelsea Manning?

And in case the point wasn;t underlined, it was all down to Switzerland, Wikipedia and Julian Assange's home.

What Did Nick Spencer Think About President Obama And Chelsea Manning?

Switzerland? See? Bloody Swiss. That's when Julian Assange hosts his WikiLeaks server isn't it. The bloody Swiss. I knew they'd be behind this.

 

 

What Did Nick Spencer Think About President Obama And Chelsea Manning?

And getting The Guardian and the New York Times involved. So there was only one solution.

Captain?

What Did Nick Spencer Think About President Obama And Chelsea Manning?

 

Hit him with your fists! Then hit him with your monologue!

What Did Nick Spencer Think About President Obama And Chelsea Manning?
Now, of course,those Wikileaks documents didn't lead to anyone's death. And Wikileaks didn't just sent it out there without redacting the most sensitive information.

 

And when it was Rick Jones' time to become the Whisperer and leak news about the Kobik Project at SHIELD, which could warp the nature of reality with cosmic cubes – literally creating a post-truth society, Captain America took a different tack.

 

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So had Spencer mellowed? Had he seen a different side to the whistleblower? Would he react differently to Obama's decision to commute her sentence?

Not so much.

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One might argue the same about that original storyline…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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