From Prison Radio
Manning charged with ‘aiding the enemy’; trial to begin September 21
Military judge Col. Denise Lind refused to dismiss the most serious charges against Army Private Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified documents for transparency website Wikileaks. Thursday night Lind announced she was rejecting the motion made by the defense to throw out the charge of “aiding the enemy”. Manning will now face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Manning’s attorney David Coombs maintains that there will be no proof that Manning intended to help al-Qaida when he allegedly leaked the classified material to Wikileaks.
“Everything we know about Bradley Manning is the complete opposite of this charge — nothing about aiding the enemy but everything about aiding the public’s understanding of an unpopular war,” stated Jeff Paterson, of the Bradley Manning Support Group. (more…)