The Court-Martial of Bradley Manning

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The court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, 25,  finally kicked off in Fort Meade, MD, Monday, June 3, 2013. After three years of detention, the trial seems to be a long time coming, if only to afford Bradley Manning’s supporters and critics some sort of conclusion. The next 12 weeks will be filled of evidence, witnesses, and arguments. Hopefully in the end, we should have a better understanding of hero/traitor Bradley Manning, and the exact place he will end up in American history books.

Pfc. Manning faces 22 charges which include wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy, theft of public property or records, transmitting defense information, and fraud and related activity in connection with computers. Most of which, Pfc. Manning has already somewhat admitted to. However, the charge of aiding the enemy may become the focus of the trial as the most serious of the charges, with a maximum punishment of life in prison. Manning has pleaded not guilty to this charge.

Manning’s charges stem from leaking over 700,000 U.S. government documents to Wikileaks, including a video, “Collateral Murder”. In the 2007 video, a U.S. military crew is shown shooting Iraqi civilians and a Reuters journalist from an Army Apache helicopter. Other leaks included diplomatic cables that may have included the identities of operatives and informants, war logs from Afghanistan and Iraq, and information on Guantanamo detainees.

Although currently being held in a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Manning was first detained over three years ago and held at the Marine brig at Quantico, VA. It was during this time that Manning’s attorneys claimed the conditions amounted to cruel and unlawful punishment, and sometimes torture, and attempted to have the case dismissed. The judge in the pretrial hearing ended up finding that there may have been some validity to the claims and reduced Manning’s potential prison sentence by four months.

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