Former CIA Director Michael Hayden tells Newsmax that the most important aspect of Private Bradley Manning’s conviction on multiple charges is the “deterrent effect” it might have on others with access to sensitive information.

But the retired four-star Air Force general asserts that Manning is being “horribly exploited” by those who are urging more government transparency.

And he says the intelligence leaked by former National Security Agency staffer Edward Snowden could be “the most serious hemorrhaging of American secrets” ever.