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After four years of incarceration, the US Army’s tiny, Welsh-educated intelligence analyst Private Bradley Manning has been found guilty of espionage (your report, 22 August).

The question is not whether he is a hero of the radical left but how such a deeply troubled individual was ever recruited – far less given access to highly classified material.

It is clear he was totally unsuited to army life and, in fact, those responsible have already been subject to military discipline for allowing him to slip through the cracks.

I have a soldier son still serving in Afghanistan and certainly do not want some unbalanced person to expose sensitive information which could place him in even greater danger.

But punishing this sad kid for acting like a sad kid and banging him up for 35 years does not remove my concern that the army allowed him access in the first place.

(Dr) John Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews