Bradley Manning faces life imprisonment in whistleblower case

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NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahomans are paying particular attention to the case of PFC Bradley Manning, an Oklahoma native. Hearings on his case  commenced at Fort Meade, Md., last month. Manning, 24, stands accused of leaking classified files to whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks.  For his alleged role in the incident, which the UK Guardian called "the biggest leak of U.S. state secrets in history," Manning faces probable life imprisonment.

The files which WikiLeaks released to the public contained documentation of previously-concealed crimes committed by the U.S., as well as embarrassing information about U.S. actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Arguably the most prominent such document was a video of U.S. soldiers shooting Iraqi journalists Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh in an incident for which Army spokespeople had denied U.S. responsibility.

Manning's military-administrated hearing, which began Dec. 16, has been tightly controlled; the Nation reports that observers have been prohibited from bringing cell phones, computers and other recording devices into the courtroom. The most comprehensive coverage of the hearing has been provided by Bradley Manning Support Network correspondent Rainey Reitman.

According to Reitman, Manning requested that investigating officer Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, whose position in the court is equivalent to that of a judge, remove himself from the case.  Manning contended that Almanza's work as a prosecuting attorney for the Department of Justice presented a potential conflict of interest.  Almanza, however, declined to recuse himself, asserting that no conflict of interest existed.

Reitman also reported that, at the conclusion of proceedings December 16, Army veteran Nate Goldschlag called out "You're a hero!" to Manning from the gallery. Numerous Manning supporters have also expressed solidarity by picketing outside the facility.

According to a military spokesperson, official transcripts of the trial will not be available until March or April 2012.

Photo: In this courtroom sketch, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, second from left, and his attorney listen as a member of the prosecution presents his closing arguments in Fort Meade, Md., Dec. 22, 2011, during a military hearing. William Hennessy/AP

 

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  • Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are the new necessary workers that uphold the anti-fascist positions on the need for free press and intelligence to allow a society that knows for sure what needs to be done. They are known globally for showing the crimes and injustice that American Imperialism is engaged in. They are the new heroes that keep the red flag flying in the face of the white terror that is being promoted by the U.S. Imperialist media. They are the difference between embedded journalism and true journalism. Free Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. Workers of the world, unite!!

    Posted by Hans B., 01/11/2012 12:11am (3 years ago)

  • Your catches don't work

    Posted by Helenincarp, 01/10/2012 8:15pm (3 years ago)

  • If Bradley Manning did what he is alleged to have done then he is a very brave and patriotic person, unlike the people he exposed of committing war crimes, none of which have seen justice.

    As true patriots of a country it is OUR responsibility to be informed with the truth and act on it unselfishly.

    Posted by Helenincarp, 01/10/2012 8:13pm (3 years ago)

  • Good report on important development.

    Posted by jim lane, 01/10/2012 6:09pm (3 years ago)

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