Ambers points out that the government is “unfair to one category of leakers: the category of government employees who are LEAST likely to leak”:
Those are the grunts, the worker bees, the men and women who get stuff done. They very rarely disclose classified information inappropriately, which is one reason why Manning’s case was so significant. But every government counter-intelligence program aimed at leaks focuses on these people. I sometimes think it’s a way of pretending to punish leakers to satisfy Congress while leaving for themselves huge avenues for them to shape policy or perception by leaking.
There absolutely is a double standard.