Bradley Manning appeared in court at Fort Meade in Maryland this morning for the start of a pretrial hearing, to determine whether he will face a court-martial. Manning, whose 24th birthday is tomorrow, faces up to a lifetime in military prison for allegedly releasing hundreds of thousands of secret US state documents and national security secrets to WikiLeaks.
As the WikiLeaks saga marches on, federal investigations creep
closer to home. And while the courts still have yet to determine how much
whistle blowing is and isn't legal, Boston
activists are speaking out -- and coming to the defense of Bradley Manning.
Manning, the US Army private accused of downloading and
transferring classified government information to WikiLeaks, attended a party
in Boston University's
"hacker space" just three months before WikiLeaks published the now-infamous "Collateral
Murder" video footage evidencing the US military in killings of Reuters
journalists and Iraqi civilians.