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11/22/11

Free Bradley Manning



Army Private Bradley Manning, accused of leaking a massive trove of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks, will have his first day in court next month December 19 as he attends a military hearing that will determine if he should be court-martialed. It will be the first public appearance for the former Army intelligence analyst since he was detained almost a year and a half ago on suspicion of having passed hundreds of thousands of State Department cables and other classified information to the website.

The most serious of the charges Manning faces is "aiding the enemy," which is a capital offense, but Army prosecutors told Manning's attorneys when they filed the charges in March that they would not be seeking the death penalty for the charge. If he is found guilty, Manning could face life in prison.

Bradley Manning