November 29th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Bradley Manning takes the stand

By Larry Shaughnessy

Pfc. Bradley Manning has begun testifying at his pre-trial hearing about his alleged abuse at Quantico. The Army private, accused of stealing thousands of classified documents and leaking them, spoke in a clear voice at the start of his testimony.  He was wearing his Army service uniform, wire-rimmed glasses.

Manning's defense team wants to make the case his harsh treatment in prison should count as time served.

Earlier, a military judge ruled Thursday that new charges would have to be filed before Manning could enter a guilty plea to some lesser charges.

The defense has said it plans to have Manning plead guilty to lesser offenses and fight other charges as being too extreme.

At a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade the military judge, Col. Denise Lind, noted that only some of the offenses Manning is proposing to plead to are included in the current list of charges. If he were to plead guilty to these charges he would face a maximum of 16 years in prison, loss if pay, demotion to private and a dishonorable discharge.

But the judge decided other charges the defense proposed Manning plead to are irregular and would not be accepted unless a convening authority were to refer the charges to the court.

Manning has not officially told the court he will plead guilty to the charges.

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      If I were you M Houston, I'd be very much ashamed to post a comment like yours above since it shows what a lack of both intelligence and a any kind of moral compass you have! In fact, Bradley Manning is quite a hero and anybody who feels otherwise can't be too bright no matter how politically correct they might be!

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        Speaking of being ashamed, I would have difficulty living with myself if I just posted that a guy who punched a female coworker in the face in a disagreement, was renowned for his temper tantrums, liked to flip tables and had to be kept from grabbing a rifle during another argument is a "hero".

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      The pentagon said these releases are no big deal. That they were common knowledge...nothing to see here folks; move along. Then they say they were a national security issue and warned American citizens against acceessng Wikileaks under threat of "we're watching you". Now which is it? Are they cotton candy and balloons or strychnine?

      What does it say when an Army private can access all this information and his accusers don't have enough proof of his misdeeds to present the case as a home run smackdown. If this schlepper was able to get these things, what has China gotten?

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    • George Patton

      Thanks gman tello, such can be expected from someone like you with your obvious limitations! Actually, this Bradley Manning is the one we need to support since he helped "take the lid off the garbage can" so to speak. Unfortunately, those right-wing judges at his trial will do the politically correct thing to please the general public as to be expected no matter how wrong it may be!!!

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        If he did lift the lid, your argument would make a little sense. It is worth remembering that Pvt. Manning allegedly stole the "Collateral Murder" video from the Judge Advocate General's SIPRNET site. Why was it there? The incident was already under investigation, and you can find the results of that investigation on CENTCOM's website.

        You can't take the lid off of a trash can that is already being sifted through. Manning is not a whistle blower, he just had one of his temper tantrums and broke his oath and the law.

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