Was Micah Johnson a” Manchurian Candidate?” This is not a rhetorical question, or a trick question. It is a question that I pose which I do not have an answer. Was Micah Johnson brainwashed not by enemy forces as was the case in the Manchurian Candidate, (1962 movie starring Frank Sinatra, where a group of U. S. soldiers were captured by the Koreans, brainwashed, then returned to the United States as plants to take control of the government by Martial Law. An updated version of this movie stars Black actor Denzel Washington), but brainwashed by his own government? And if brainwashed by his own government, then for what purpose?