Bradley Manning and ‘Nathaniel Frank’ – The U.S. Government’s case against WikiLeaks

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On the 28th February 2013, at Fort Meade, Maryland, Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to ten of 22 charges the U.S. Army had brought against him. Each of these offences carries a sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment, making a total of 20 years in prison. Any sentence is to be reduced by 112 days after Colonel Denise Lind, the presiding judge, ruled that Manning had suffered excessively harsh treatment during his pre-trail detention at Quantico marine base in Virginia from 29 July 2010 to 20 April 2011. Manning also pleaded not guilty to 12 other charges, which included a charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ (which carries a potential death penalty), and a charge that falls under the Espionage Act. Bradley Manning read a 35-page statement to the court detailing and explaining his actions and his motives for disclosing what he “believed, and still believe.. are some of the…

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