December court date for Manning in WikiLeaks case

Nov 22, 2011
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange display photographs of Assange (C) and US serviceman Bradley Manning (R) outside the High Court in central London, in July 2011. Manning, the US soldier alleged to have passed to WikiLeaks a trove of military and diplomatic documents, will have a first hearing before a military court next month, the Pentagon said.

Bradley Manning, the US soldier alleged to have passed a trove of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, will have a first hearing before a military court next month, the Pentagon said.

Manning, who has spent the past year-and-a-half in prison, is to appear before a December 16 tribunal in Fort Meade, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, military officials said.

Manning is to appear at an "Article 32 hearing," the first step in a court martial that could end up in a life sentence.

"The primary purpose of the Article 32 hearing is to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the government's case as well as to provide the defense with an opportunity to obtain pretrial discovery," a Pentagon statement said.

It added that the hearing, which is scheduled to take place the day before his 24th birthday, is "similar to a civilian , with additional rights afforded to the accused."

Manning allegedly gave thousands of classified documents to , which later published them online. He is charged with "aiding the enemy," a crime which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Manning is the only suspect facing trial in the United States for the document dump -- a massive intelligence breach which led to an embarrassing daily drip of diplomatic revelations and secrets in newspapers and websites around the world.

Manning, who was arrested in July 2010, served as a US intelligence official in Iraq.

His conditions in detention, which have included solitary confinement and being forced to sleep naked, have drawn the attention of Amnesty International, the and the .

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dogbert
not rated yet Nov 22, 2011
I don't know why this article found its way to physorg, since it has nothing to do with science, but since it has, it is good that legal action is finally being initiated. It would be better to quickly put this dark moment of American history behind us and allow Bradley Manning to join the ranks of Benedict Arnold et al.

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