Court martial recommended for Bradley Manning

Investigator urges court martial for WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning

An Army lawyer assigned to consider evidence that Pfc. Bradley Manning leaked thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks has concluded that Manning should face a court martial on the charges, the Army announced Thursday.

Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, who oversaw a weeklong hearing into the case last month, concluded that the proposed charges of aiding the enemy, releasing classified information without authority and other violations of military law “are in the proper form and that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged,” an Army statement said. It provided no other details on the contents of Almanza’s report, which was not released.

The most serious charge against Manning carries the potential death penalty, but prosecutors have said they will not seek a capital sentence in the case. An Army spokesperson confirmed that Almanza endorsed proceeding with the case precisely as prosecutors urged. “The Investigating Officer also recommended against seeking the death penalty in this case,” the spokesperson said.

This isn’t exactly a surprise. The hearing was basically a procedural formality and the evidence limited. The recommendation now goes up the chain of command and it’s unlikely to be rejected. Absent some kind of plea agreement there will be a court martial in a few months.

Meanwhile Julian Assange remains in England, fighting extradition to Sweden where he is facing sexual assault charges.

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16 Responses to Court martial recommended for Bradley Manning

  1. votermom says:

    OT: Philly Mayor Nutter has some good advise that many would do well to heed:

  2. HELENK says:

    these two pictures say alot

    when you enter the service don’t you take an oath?
    Bradley Manning knew what he was doing when he passed the information.

  3. votermom says:

    Can you say tone-deaf?

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  4. votermom says:

    Last tweet for the night:

  5. yttik says:

    A court martial sounds reasonable. I think Manning is mentally ill and was really exploited and taken advantage of by wikileaks. I’m a lot more annoyed with them and the way they destroyed Manning and all for what? So they could fuel their egos and pretend they were these great exposers of Truth?

    But that said, Manning is not an innocent bystander in all this. He needs to stand trial.

  6. HELENK says:

    if one more obot tells me how good backtrack is , I will throw up.

    that useless sob has to be defeated in 2012

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