FORT MEADE, Md. –- The military trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning got underway this week approximately 30 miles outside of Washington. Charges against the 25-year-old former analyst include the misuse of classified information, aiding the enemy and XxxxxxxX XxxxxxX XxX XxxxxxxxX. Manning could face XxxX XX XxxxxX if convicted under the rarely used 19XX Espionage Act.
Manning is accused of sending some XxxxxxxxX pages of classified material to online source WikiLeaks, which then XxxxxX XxxX XX XxxxxX. The illicit data included diplomatic cables, strategic analyses and a XxxxX of XX helicopters in Baghdad XxxxxxX 12 people, including children and members of the Reuters XxxX XxxxxX.
Military prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow said this week that Manning “knew” he would “put the lives of fellow soldiers at risk” with his actions.
“This is a case about a soldier who harvested hundreds of thousands of documents and dumped them on the Internet where they would be available to the enemy,” Morrow said.
“No,” countered defense attorney David Coombs, “this is a case of XxxxxxxxxX XxxxxxX XxxxxxxxxxxxxxX X XxxxX. The government is clearly XxxxxxxxX XxxxxxxxX XxxxxxX.”
Since his arrest in 2010, Manning has been subject to such severe and abusive treatment that XxxX XxX XxxxxX XxxX, the judge overseeing the case, has granted him XxX days credit towards his eventual sentence if convicted. P.J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman, was forced to resign after telling an MIT audience that “what is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the Department of Defense.”
Manning had agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges, if only the government would stop XxxxxxxxxX his XxxxX.
Manning’s incarcerated treatment has drawn official condemnation from XxxxxxX International. His supporters include XxxX XxxxxX, XxxxxxxxX XxxxxX and Daniel XxxxxxxX, who leaked the Pentagon Papers.
The Defense Department has repeated its assertions than Manning is XxxxxxX, XxxxxxxxxxxxxX and XxxxxX XX XxX XxxxxxxxxxX totally gay.