The American soldier behind bars for more than 18 months, suspected of leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, will go before a military panel on December 16, according to a U.S. military release.
The military made the announcement Monday afternoon regarding Pfc. Bradley Manning. The hearing will happen at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. CNN.com placed a call to Manning's attorney, who was not immediately available for comment.
Manning is charged with aiding the enemy, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy, theft of property or records,Â transmitting defense information, fraud and relatedÂ activityÂ in connection with computers and violatingÂ Army regulations, according to the military.
If convicted of all charges, he would face life in prison and a dishonorable discharge.
In February, a friend of Manning's told reporters that the soldier, who was 23 when he was arrested in 2010, wasÂ deteriorating mentally and physically from his imprisonment. Manning was initially held at the Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia,Â but has since been transferred to the prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
Last month, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange was ordered extradited from England to Sweden to face charges related to a sex crime investigation unrelated to WikiLeaks. But Assange's extradition is significant in the WikiLeaks story because many say that if he is behind bars, WikiLeaks will not be able to continue.
What a great American. Too bad the right wing thugs in Washington will torture him to death.
Thank you, George. I couldn't agree more. This guy is a hero and that's all there is to it!
Sorry, he leaked information during war time, if convicted death by firing squad.
What a lousy citizen
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Only life in prison?
This guy although certainly misguided, should be punished, but his biggest "crime" is causing extreme embarrassment to members of the establishment's "diplomatic corps" and the careless way they handled opinionated gossip by our foreign embassy staff.
@ Portland tony
such 'slip ups' by our dip corps can jeopardize an already failed foreign policy with regard to some regions.
What was his motivation? He appears young & naive.
Are all prisoners in Leavenworth kept in solitary 23 hours a day?
If not, then he is in fact being treated differently than any other prisoner; one who hasn't had his trial yet, I might add.
Wikipedia has this dudes story. One mixed up guy (gal)!
whataya talking about? he's a guygirl as in gargoyle?
Here's a shining example of just how unjust the Great American justice system can be!!! The fact that Bradley Manning is behind bars is a great outrage as that's where Barack Obama and all of his right-wing cohorts need to be! This is truly revolting indeed! Moreover, Bradley Manning deserves a golden medal for what he did by showing us what's really going on over there!!!
Its nice to know that some soldiers can tell the difference between right and wrong, some people just cant be reprogramedby our government. Its good to know that some people can still excercise free agency . Let this man go free. The government just does not like others sharing there secrets! The man told the truth ,and now he pays a price? What ever happened to honesty?this is one way that peopole learn to lie.
Hey roadsniper, fester here, now that he spilled the beans on the most hated government in the world , now this always to be soldier, regardless of what happens to him , has totally exposed the us government for all to see, for all of those political cheese heads you need to put your head back in that hole in the ground and grab your ankles
Of course there's a price to pay. Someone had to do it... He bought his ticket..
No way he was thinkin, 'might lose a pay grade, some extra duty..'. If he was, he deserves much worse than he's getting
Thank you fester!!!! For the support, more peoplr out there need to speak out and quit being so reserved, thats one of the reasons that the people are not heard, why do you think this soldier leaked this info , the people have a right to know , just like they did in vietnam let the world share in the grief of battle. It would show how bad it can be. If more people could witness the hell of war than there would be less of it!
You now what they say someone has to take a stand towards the ignorant. Those that he will pay a price , have also said that they wish they had more knowledge of what is happening over there