Well, we’ve got our values straight as a Nation, don’t we? Violate national security and you get punished! That’s it, case settled.
Except there are real differences in who get punished and for what. General David Petraeus gives his biographer/mistress written evidence of security codes, the public release of which is a threat to national security, and he gets a misdemeanor conviction with a paltry $40,000 fine. Pfc. Chelsea/Bradley Manning releases documents, the dump of which is certainly embarrassing but hardly as potentially damaging as the General’s information, and your punishment is 35 years of your life.
Of course, the General is so remorseful for his faux pas! And who gives a damn what some trans-gender person thinks or feels following a probably-immature decision.
We are equal before the law. Some of us are just more equal, that’s all.