Judge Army Colonel Denise Lind is set to rule on the case of Bradley Manning, accused of ‘aiding the enemy’ when he sent military classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.
The judge said on Monday she reached a decision and would reveal it at 1 p.m. today in a courtroom at Fort Meade, Md., media reports.
From overseas media, the Guardian notes the many supporters of Manning awaiting the verdict, and also re-posts two observations from Christopher Carbone on the silence of gay rights groups about Manning:
“Manning doesn’t look like CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper”
- “First, Manning is the opposite of everything that these groups seek to portray as the image of “gay Americans”. I use those quotes because the majority of LGBT Americans don’t conform to these upwardly mobile, white, polished, virile male stereotypes. Manning doesn’t look like CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. With his slight frame, lower-class background, questioning of his gender identity, inability to hold down a typical job, general dorkiness and dysfunctional family life, Manning does not fit the poster boy image that GLAAD or the Human Rights Campaign would hold up and promote. It’s bizarre because Manning is actually what many, if not most, LGBT people have been at one point or another – an outsider, a loner, a person who does not fit in or conform.”
- “Second, organizations like the HRC, which had net assets of over $32.7m at the end of last year and claims more than a millions members and supporters, happens to have the financial backing of major military industrial corporations, including Lockheed Martin, which is sponsoring the HRC’s upcoming national gala in Washington DC and Booz Allen Hamilton, a corporate partner for the national event, as well as Northrop Grumman a sponsor of their Los Angeles gala.”
From CNN comes this regarding the long statement read by Manning in March, when he said he was disturbed and upset about what he learned and thought the American public should know it too; he pleaded guilty to lesser charges and stated:
“I believed if the public was aware of the data, it would start a public debate of the wars.”
Manning added he was “depressed about the situation there,” meaning Iraq, where he was stationed as an intelligence analyst.
Sentencing could be decided starting on Wednesday, according to a NBC news report..
Manning, 25, who has already pleaded guilty to lesser charges in March, is charged with 21 counts in connection with the leak of some 700,000 classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, the most serious of which is “aiding the enemy.”
This could carry a life sentence, as the prosecution did not seek the death penalty for Manning.