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3 Years After Arrest, Bradley Manning Trial Begins For The Biggest Leak of Classified Information in U.S. History


The Army private first class already knows he’s going to prison, having previously pled guilty to 10 charges relating to the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of government documents. Now, in a tightly guarded military courtroom at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland, Manning will face more serious charges including aiding the enemy.

If convicted on the remaining charges, the slightly built, 25-year-old Manning could spend the rest of his life in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.

List of charges against Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning trial ‘dangerous’ for civil liberties – experts

Bradley Manning trial begins 3 years after arrest – Soldier faces charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ by downloading and leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents

The trial of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks, could set an ominous precedent that will chill freedom of speech and turn the internet into a danger zone, legal experts have warned.

Of the 21 counts faced by the army private on Monday, at his trial at Fort Meade in Maryland, by far the most serious is that he knowingly gave intelligence information to al-Qaida by transmitting hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the open information website WikiLeaks. The leaked disclosures were first published by the Guardian and allied international newspapers.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/03/bradley-manning-wikileaks-trial-aiding-enemy?guni=Network%20front:network-front%20main-3%20Main%20trailblock:Network%20front%20-%20main%20trailblock:Position1

Bradley Manning: hero to his followers, enemy of the state to others

By recently admitting he was the source of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables and war logs regarding Afghanistan and Iraq, later published by WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning appears certain to be found guilty at a trial beginning Monday.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/10095544/Bradley-Manning-hero-to-his-followers-enemy-of-the-state-to-others.html

 

Bradley Manning’s court-martial set to start Monday

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/02/us/manning-court-martial/index.html

The court-martial for Army Pfc.  Bradley Manning begins today in Fort Meade, Md. Manning is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of military and State Department documents that ended up being published by online organization WikiLeaks, in what has been described as the most extensive leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Manning, 25, faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. The trial is expected to last three months.

In the three years since first being detained during a combat deployment to Iraq, the former Army intelligence analyst has become a cause célèbre for civil liberties and anti-secrecy advocates who consider him a whistle-blower.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/bradley-manning-court-martial-starts-today/

 

More than three years after he was arrested, Army whistleblower Bradley Manning goes on trial today accused of being behind the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Manning faces life in prison for disclosing a trove of U.S. cables and government documents to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. On Saturday, hundreds of Manning supporters rallied outside the barracks at Fort Meade, Maryland, where the trial will be held. We’re joined by two guests: Firedoglake reporter Kevin Gosztola, who is at Ft. Meade covering the trial; and attorney Chase Madar, author of “The Passion of Bradley Manning.”

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