After 17 Months In Custody, Bradley Manning Finally Gets His Day In Court

Accused Wikileaker Bradley Manning will finally get his day in court come December 16th; one day before his 24th birthday—fun. The hearing will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the government’s case against Manning and will “provide the defense with an opportunity to obtain pretrial discovery.” Now here comes the Bradley Manning Support Network to his defense.

The BMSN has pledged to provide Manning with the best legal defense they can find. They also assert that Manning’s not the real criminal in this case:

Manning’s supporters assert that the information he is accused of making public was wrongly and illegally classified, and that whoever leaked the information should be protected as a whistle-blower. The WikiLeaks revelations include the “Collateral Murder” video, which shows the killing of Iraqi civilians and Reuters journalists, as well as diplomatic cables that have embarrassed governments and corporations around the world. Another cable related to the cover-up of a war crime contributed to the early exit of troops from Iraq by the end of this year.

The trial is expected to last five days and will be open to the public except for when they discuss all those classified military documents that he’s accused of leaking, of course. Too bad Obama has already declared him guilty.

Maybe Manning will keep reading Queerty to see how his trial is going.