Metaphors can be useful, but doesn’t “leak” come up a little short as a way to characterize the situation that provoked the prosecution of Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning: the alleged release of more than 700,000 documents [“Hacker testifies during Manning court-martial,” news, June 5]? How would The Post’s reporters describe a ruptured 60-inch water main?

Hampton DeJarnette, Silver Spring