Bradley Manning stands accused in the US of breaking the law. President Obama has stated that Manning broke the law when asked about Bradley.
If the Commander-in-Chief states that a young man currently being tried for leaking information has broken the law what chance is there of a fair trial? Most people would say none.
This case leaves so much to be desired at it is easy to see both sides. However the USA is supposedly a civilised country and Manning's captivity for the last 19 months has been far from civilised.
Bradley Manning was a 22-year-old US Army analyst when he allegedly passed sensitive information which was ultimately revealed to the World. Facing 22 charges of obtaining and distributing government secrets Manning is thought by some to be a Hero and by others to be a Traitor.
Manning was arrested in Iraq in May 2010 and was placed in military custody. This is where he has remained.
He allegedly passed the "government secrets" to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The rest as they say is history.
Private Manning's trial is being held at Fort Meade, Maryland,under strict secrecy and intense security.
Todayt Manning's defence lawyer has said that the judge is biased. Judge Lt Col Paul Almanza, is a former military judge. He has refused all but two of Manning's 3 defence witnesses.
The current hearing is a precursor to what could be a full trial. After the evidence has been gathered it will be assessed by a Military General. Manning is aid to have been responsible for leaking more than 720,000 documents. The general opinion is that the release of these did not led to a breach in security but rather in the" greater public interest".
If convicted Manning could face the death penalty. He was held in a maximum security prison at Quantico from July 2010, in isolation and was reported to have had his clothing removed at night as a suicide-prevention measure. Since April 2011 he has been held in a lower security prison.
Whether Manning and Julian Assange had any sort of military leaks relationship is up for question. If they did it will be worse for Bradley.
A wikileaks statement read, "If it is the case that Bradley Manning is indeed the source of this and other Wikileaks materials, Manning would have single-handedly changed hundreds of thousands of people's lives for the better. "This material has contributed to ending dictatorships in the Middle East, it has exposed torture and wrongdoing in all the corners of the world and it has held diplomatic bodies and politicians accountable for the words, deals and pacts held behind close doors."
In essence it seems that the case against Bradley has been made out of hearsay, A computer hacker went to the US authorities with details of an online exchange he had had with Private Manning. The hacker claimed that Manning allegedly confessed to the data theft.
OPINION: Hero or traitor? A difficult one. The law is the law. However it is only when people act in the way that Bradley allegedly did that wrongs are righted. To sit back, knowing that forces were acting inappropriately would have been criminal. The video which caused so much concern, if accurate, shows some US troops in an appalling light.
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Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog