Wikileaks Soldier Bradley Manning to Get First Court Appearance After 17 Months in Confinement

Accused Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning will get his first pretrial hearing on December 16:

ManningThe 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," attorney David E. Coombs wrote Monday on his website.

The defense may call witnesses and cross-examine the government's witnesses, Coombs wrote. Witnesses are placed under oath, and their testimony may be used during a trial.

Writes the Bradley Manning Support Network: "This will be PFC Manning’s first appearance before a court and the first time he will face his accusers after 17 months in confinement. In a blog post this morning, Manning’s lead counsel, David Coombs, notified supporters that the pretrial phase is scheduled to last five days."


  1. Blake says

    I am not especially fond of Manning as a person; I think he is neither hero nor villain as the alternate extremes of political ideology claim him to be. But how in the hell is this not a violation of the 6th amendment right to a speedy trial? Even if he is found guilty, I should think a year and a half time served in the torture of solitary confinement is MORE than sufficient punishment.

  2. Joey says

    Blake why do you think our government gives a crap about the 6th amendment? This is about making an example of anyone who dares embarrass Dear Leader (whoever he/she is at the moment) and the secret police. Ever since the Pay-triot Act the evil forces of tyranny have had a field day in this once proud democracy. Far more harm has been done by the power elite to our democracy through their torture of an “innocent until proven guilty” suspect than any of his alleged leaking of material… which to my knowledge no one can show has actually hurt American security.

  3. Wren says

    He should have been executed already.

    Also, we should be very clear about one thing: Manning is NOT gay. He is a heterosexual tranny. In other words, he identifies as a woman who is attracted to males. Gay troops should not be tarred with the actions of this traitorous tranny.

  4. LincolnLounger says

    Poor Bradley Manning. How dare the government treat him so poorly when he BRAGGED about betraying our country! How awful that he voluntarily signed up for the military and it’s unique set of rules and conduct and then FOLLOW THROUGH when he performed his traitorous acts! Three square meals a day in confinement? I bet those undercover CIA agents just captured in the Middle East would be thrilled.

    May Bradley Manning rot in hell and be glad he wasn’t executed.

  5. dms says

    I am glad to see I’m not alone in thinking that this guy is an ass.

    He endangered the lives of thousands in the military. And he didn’t even do it for political reasons, he did it because he could and because he didn’t care about the ramifications on other people’s lives. If you are a supporter of his and have some blind belief that there should be no confidential information in the work habits of those who are putting their lives on the line to help keep the rest of us secure, check out the series of episodes about this guy and julian assange on Frontline. Very well done docs.

  6. bsmart2 says

    I am surprised that Pfc Mannings first court appearance is just happening. I would have thought that his right to a speedy trial would have prevented this. I would guess that the military has a rule that exempts them from the right to a speedy trial.

    As to the charges against Pfc Manning, if he is found guilty he should face a very stiff penalty. With what I have heard through the media, his alledged actions are clearly treason. Due to the extremely large amount of classified information Mr. Manning alledgedly leaked, I think the maximum punishment should be handed down if he is found guilty.

    If Pfc Manning found he was so opposed to the government, he should have resigned or petitioned to be discharged rather than take matters into his own hands.

    The question I have is how did someone with a rank no higher than Private First Class have clearance to access all this classified information? Maybe this has been disclosed and I missed it. I go back to the Reagan years, when Col. Oliver North was convicted of funneling money to the contra’s. I believe there had to be someone much higher up than a Col. to be able to authorize the funds and set up all that had to be done. I guess I’m saying Oliver North in my opinion was the “Fall Guy” that goes to prison to protect someone higher up. Maybe the same thing is happening here.

  7. BobN says

    Manning committed treason by releasing to the public “secret” information that was, without a doubt, already possessed by every single freakin’ government in the world.

  8. terryp says

    You people make me sick who want to shoot
    first & ask questions later. Some people,
    as I do feel he’s a patriot…

  9. says

    The military is not the civilian world. He is being tried under the UCMJ and the penalty for what he is charged with is death by hanging. Treason committed in a time of war is the worst thing you can do and I fully expect that at a minimum he will be sentenced to life in prison if not executed. He is no hero in my book.

  10. Joey says

    I wish those that claim treason would point out exactly what harm this yet to be tried person did? Reasons that are verifiable… and no, saying he endangered thousands of troops is not good enough. And do you believe torture is acceptable?

    Also I would like to hear what you think should be done with Cheney who outed a CIA operative for political reasons.

  11. anon says

    Passing along military intelligence to outsiders could be considered “aid and comfort” under treason statutes, but I doubt the prosecutors will attempt that charge owing the requirement that the support be material and intentional. During WWII, intention was dropped from the requirements, resulting in the execution of people that, for example, gave hitchhiking German spies a ride without knowing. During WWI they resurrected sedition under aid and comfort to jail people (including journalists) opposed to the war. We haven’t seen anything that bad in ages.

  12. dms says

    I urge everyone to read up on this and do see the Frontline docs before calling this guy a hero or a villain. From what it shows, he is really neither–he simply dumped buckets of info without caring what the info was. From what I recall he was a lower level tech guy and not involved in any strategic thinking. He did what he did because he was angry at the system, his family, the world because he did not fit in and felt like an outsider.

    Does that make him a hero?

    With people committed to destroying innocent people here in the u.s. for all sorts of reasons, I for one appreciate that there is a lot of intelligence going to try and keep us all safe.

    Of course that work demands secrecy. Perhaps the people who think that there should be absolutely no secrets don’t care about their family, themselves and would be happy to see their loved ones die in terrorist attacks.

    Amazing how naive some people are.

  13. Redebbm says

    i really need to stop scrolling down on these posts, its just getting worse and worse by the day.

    I guess people have forgotten Due Process all together. We do want to be a country that continues down this path. Not seeing the negative impacts that this whole fiasco is saddening.

  14. nwguys says

    He brought out information that never would have seen the light of day. This info proved that our leaders (civilian and military) were lying to us. He joined the military and swore an oath to protect from All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic. Those here following the same line as those that cheered on the Cheney/Bush crew in the lead up to the war in Iraq, are pretty lame. There were those back then saying the info used as justification to attack Iraq was false. Those of us saying it were called “UN-American/traitors/etc… He was a whistle-blower and broke the law. Fine, take him to court and prove your case. What they have done to him, after 17 months of mostly solitary confinement,is not what this country is about. Use your heads and not the crap fed to you by people that care nothing about the country. They just care about staying in Power of the country. As an added bit of info, under Obama, there have been more prosecutions of whistle-blowers than under the previous 5 Presidential administrations combined…

  15. MammaBear says

    “He should have been executed already.

    Also, we should be very clear about one thing: Manning is NOT gay. He is a heterosexual tranny. In other words, he identifies as a woman who is attracted to males. Gay troops should not be tarred with the actions of this traitorous tranny.”

    Nicely put. Got it. My mistake.

    Thought he deserved a trial, and didn’t know there WAS such as thing as a Traitorous Heterosexual Tranny – thank heaven these gaps in understanding can be filled in by reading thoughtful commentary on Towleroad articles.

    Will stop tarring gay troops with THT action, effective immediately.