You have to do a lot worse than that to get done for treason, the IRA bombers who attacked the 1984 Tory party conference did not go down for treason, though it was a direct attempt on the life of the PM
and the lives of her government.
It is very hard to see a treason charge in anything less of a full scale war where the UK is directly threatened, I think the last to go down for treason was William Joyce, a Nazi who broadcast from Germany during the war, he was hanged.
Piers was duped, there by the grace of god go all newspaper editors, where he went wrong was in not sufficiently checking these pics, then letting ego get in the way of retraction.
The picture editor of the Guardian (as anti the Iraq war as the Mirror is) said when they first appeared that they looked wrong, he knew nothing of the presence of SA80A1 rifles, wrong webbing, wrong truck and boots laced wrongly (they are meant to be laced in a manner allowing them to be removed quickly with a knife slicing through laces if a soldier in injured in that area).
But the Guardian man, like many, saw the pics as too clean, too clinical, not like a dynamic situation taken by amateurs.
Frankly, the idea that these pics might lead to increased risk for UK forces might be a bit overdone, it seems that those really hostile to the West do not differenciate between various coalition nations.
Some more hostility in Basra maybe, but something very hard to prove in a court case.
Today that Shia cleric's army attacked UK forces, for that they lost 16 dead, several captured, two UK servicemen injured, is it really possible to prove that those photos inspired that attack?
Piers Morgan is sort of the man many love to hate, he will be missed, but we won't have seen the last of him in the media.
Under him, the Mirror has had some of the best scoops of recent times, clearly he was riding high on that success and that might have influenced how he handled these fake pics.
He has pointed out that he has a brother in the army, serving in Basra.
No, he was foolish, not a traitor, no chance of a treason trial, quite rightly.
Loosing a job he clearly loved, being escorted off the premises by security is punishment enough.
Personally, I'll find the likes of the Sun, Daily tits (sorry, Daily Star) and Daily Mail going on a moral high ground over this episode pretty nauseating, almost as wrong as Piers Morgan's error of judgment.