U.S. Army private Bradley Manning is expected to take the stand for the first time this week at his trial. His lawyers plan to use his claim of mistreatment to get his case thrown out. He was put on suicide watch and forced to sleep naked for a few nights. He says he should be released from prison for this mistreatment.
Bradley Manning is charged in the biggest security leak in US history.
Of course, the far left believes Manning is an innocent victim and America is evil.
The Spectrum has more on today’s hearing:
Supporters of an Army private charged in the biggest security breach in U.S. history packed a military courtroom on Tuesday as his attorneys made the case he’d already been punished enough when he was locked up alone in a small cell for nine months and forced to sleep naked for several nights.
A retired Marine Corps colonel is denying that a three-star general directed Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pretrial confinement.
Daniel Choike (CHOY’-kee) was installation commander of the Quantico, Va., Marine Corps base during Manning’s confinement there. He testified Tuesday at a pretrial hearing for Manning.
Manning’s lawyers contend the conditions were directed by Lt. Gen. George Flynn, then-commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
Choke testified that he kept Flynn informed about the situation. But he says Flynn never influenced the decision to keep Manning on maximum security and prevention-of-injury status.
As the pretrial hearing forManning began at Fort Meade near Baltimore, about two dozen backers who’d held up signs of support outside the post went inside to watch the proceedings, many wearing black t-shirts with the word “Truth” in white lettering. The Army private is charged with spilling U.S. secrets to the website WikiLeaks.
The U.S. government claims the disclosures endangered lives and security. Manning supporters say the leaks exposed war crimes and triggered pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East.