Supporters erect Washington DC billboard ahead of pending trial announcement

WASHINGTON, DC — Supporters of PFC Bradley Manning have erected a billboard in Washington, DC as the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower awaits an announcement about the military’s plans for his trial at nearby Fort Meade, Maryland. The billboard, which reads, “Free Bradley Manning:  Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime” is located on the route to downtown Washington from Fort Meade, near 1240 New York Ave NE. Supporters have displayed similar billboards in the Kansas City area, where Manning had been held at Fort Leavenworth.

PFC Bradley Manning is awaiting a recommendation from investigating officer Lt. Col. Paul Almanza as to which charges the military will refer to a full trial. His legal team expects this announcement to come before January 16, with the actual trial date to be set at some point several weeks later. PFC Manning’s attorneys have requested that the over two dozen charges against the accused whistle-blower be reduced to only three charges that would be considered at trial.

Supporters have argued that the military never intended to give PFC Manning a fair trial. Among the evidence for their claims, supporters have cited the abusive pre-trial punishment endured by the former Army intelligence analyst while held for ten months in solitary confinement at a Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia; President Obama’s public declaration of Manning’s guilt at an April 2010 fundraiser; as well as the administration’s decision to withhold key evidence that could exonerate Manning, such as internal administration assessments showing the WikiLeaks revelations posed no threat to national security.

26 thoughts on “Supporters erect Washington DC billboard ahead of pending trial announcement

  1. Given that it’s been almost two years, one has to consider the huge possibility that the government knows it has such a thin case, it has no choice but to put him on trial behind as many closed doors as possible… all for the sake of saving a few diplomatic rear ends.

    And aint that America, baby…

  2. My vote to re-elect President Obama rests entirely on whether or not he will use his executive powers to grant this brave whistle-blower a complete pardon and free this unjustly imprisoned young hero. Step up Mr. President and do the right thing. Free Bradley Manning NOW!

    • So you thinkn Romney or Gingrich will free Bradley Manning, if they are elected?

      Or are you planning on not voting at all?

  3. The US, once considered an example to emulate by other nations, is becoming a contemptible laughing-stock to anyone with a sense of fairness. You have nothing to fear but fear itself.Manning is trying to uphold a tradition of plain-speaking and truthfulness against establishment lies. For shame !

  4. Kangroo Court martial Of Bradley Manning is Incredable and should be made public so everyone can witness the Militarys Rediculious form of Injustice to cover up there own Crimes . I beleive that Mannings defense team is inadiqute and Have alwayse thaught this Coombs is a Pawn of the Military Prosicution His credentuals and background is all Military and he will never cary any powerfull defense against his Superior Military Prosicuters …Bradley manning is Screwd Im afraid and it will all end with his Defense shrugging there shoulders and whispering how hard they tried . I feel as the Public beleivs that he was Railroaded and that what he did was atempt to tell the Public of the Military War Criminal activitys going on …He should be a Hero to all that enjoy truth and justice …Something the U S Mititary has no concept of …..Frank Blackstone ……out

  5. The U.S. military are being used for political gains, not for the defense of the United States of America (U.S.A./U.S.). One must ask: Did Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan attack the U.S.? As Commander-in-Chief, President Obama (and presidents before him) has made criminals, murderers, of the men and women who should otherwise, be defending with honor, their Country. Small wonder, that whistle-blowers (like Bradley Manning) make the military hierarchy afraid of the truth, of their real mission, to be made known.–R.T. Thomes

  6. The whole process of cover-up and disallowing the defence to present essential witnesses marks this process as a show trial with procedures identical to those that we used to condemn in the Soviet Union. One day, Bradley Manning will be held as a hero by the people of the free world and all those associated with persecuting him will go down in shame forever.

  7. I am so ashamed to what this young boy has had to go thru, That I think all persons should stand up for Manning and refuse to ever enlist again, until he is free of all charges and realeased. Paul Almanza should be fired for his bias against Manning. It is evident he has it in for him. How can any Judge sit and watch this go on. Can this go to the Supreme Court with the 12 Judges?I hope almanza get his Karma real soon. And the idot that told on him for nothing, knowing nothing was wrong, and he could save our own lives. We should have never been in this war in the first place, No other country is there and where is all our money gone? No wander Obama wants it to continue to extort our billions out of the country for the muslims, he wants Manning as his scapegoat is the reason he said what he did about him guilty. I hope he gets his Karma too. I never voted for him in the first place you can see he has really feathered his nest by big co,s and etc , he is so cocky, it makes me turn the channel when he appears. All Manning did was a simple cleaver mistake to save those files for the country and let us see really what our war was really doing. Why are not our congress and higer ups defending this for our country. Can you ask Trump to intervene, or Mudhama Ali the fighter? Let them put their two cents in. The President would not know which rat hole to crawl into if he was in the war, was he in it? No one should be President unless they have serve in the war and knows all about it. It really shows our intelligent level by taking a young boy and torturing him this way. And we talk about India, on child labor ? Where have we come in 100 yrs in war ? Wake up America! Let us take our country back from these politians and their gready pockets, because that is what is happening.Im 74 and I see it getting worst and worst life is getting harder for us who barley makes end meet. No Jobs, Just Big Bonus for companies. Im so sick of it all we have to stand together for america to servive and I mean now .

  8. Only three comments from the millions of US citizens. This fact, in and of itself, is a disgrace. Ask not for whom the bell tolls because it isn’t even ringing.

  9. Bradly is a real Hero. He stood up nd did what his oath has authorized him to do. Revealing the information has caused no injury or death to our soldiers. Unlawfull aggression of Iraq & Afghanistan authorised by our Commanders in Chiefs, Congress and Senat has caused thousands of death and injuries, physical and mental, to our young enlisted men and women. Why don’t you haul the real criminals to the court and ask them to defend their criminal activities against mankind. Shame, Shame Shame Fascism never dies, Hushang

  10. The United State should be trying to regain respect in the world after the fiascoes of Iraq and Afghanistan. It does not appear to be of much concern to Americans that they have very low esteem in the world because they no longer stand for the values expressed by their founding fathers.

  11. It must be an extremely difficult time for the Legal Profession to witness such a travesty of Justice : where the defendent Manning is prevented from presenting adequate evidence in his defense.

  12. Duane i sense your pain too… it is possible we are just ahead of the rush. Then too, many folks didn’t get the message i’m about to paste here and it’s VERY IMPORTANT but not on the Free Brad Manning site.
    If you only have One call Left Make it the Call to the numbers listed below…
    Free Bradley Manning. Tell General Linnington to drop the charge of ‘aiding the enemy’
    The Bradley Manning Support Network has just been notified that the recommendations made last week by Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, who presided over last month’s Article 32 hearing, have been passed up the chain of command by Col. Carl R. Coffman Jr. This means that even though prosecutors presented no concrete evidence that the leaked documents caused any harm, Lt. Col. Almanza, and now Col. Coffman, have decided that all charges against Bradley Manning — including the most odious charge of “aiding the enemy” — should be referred to a full military court-martial. All of the defense witnesses that would have shown that the leaks were embarrassing, not harmful, were blocked from testifying during the pretrial hearing. At this moment, the recommendations to bring all charges against Manning to court martial now sit on the desk of Major General Michael S. Linnington, who represents an entity known as the General Court-Martial Convening Authority. He has the final power to rubber stamp these recommendations, which would formally refer these charges and initiate the court-martial process.
    We need you and everyone you know to call General Linnington right now at 202-685-2807.
    If the general’s staff are not answering their phone, please call the DoD as FireDogLake is asking their supporters to do.
    “We’re calling the Department of Defense to demand they drop the “aiding the enemy” against Manning. To make your voice heard:
    1. Dial 703-571-3343
    2. Press 5 to leave a comment
    * If the mailbox is full, leave a written comment for the DOD here: https://kb.defense.gov/app/ask/session/
    Tell him that we’re watching him. Tell him to drop the charge of “aiding the enemy” and allow the defense team access to the critical evidence and testimony that they have so far been denied. Tell the military to stop preventing consideration of evidence which shows that these WikiLeaks revelations were never a threat to our national security. Tell them to stop the show trial.
    Read more…
    Military refers all charges against Bradley Manning to court martial
    WASHINGTON, DC — Military officers orchestrating proceedings against PFC Bradley Manning have referred all charges that were considered during last month’s Article 32 proceedings to a general court martial. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Paul Almanza rejected a request from lead defense counsel David Coombs to consolidate the 22 charges into three charges, expressing concerns that the military is over-charging PFC Manning.
    “We’re disappointed but by no means surprised,” said Jeff Paterson, a lead organizer for the Bradley Manning Support Network. “The investigating officer showed no concern for the conflict of interest caused by his dual employment with the Justice Department, or the taint of bias arising from his commander-in-chief, President Obama, who publicly declared Manning to be guilty long before he ever had his day in court.”
    Read more…
    Supporters erect Washington DC billboard ahead of pending trial announcement

    Supporters of PFC Bradley Manning have erected a billboard in Washington, DC as the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower awaits an announcement about the military’s plans for his trial at nearby Fort Meade, Maryland. The billboard, which reads, “Free Bradley Manning: Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime” is located on the route to downtown Washington from Fort Meade, near 1240 New York Ave NE. Supporters have displayed similar billboards in the Kansas City area, where Manning had been held at Fort Leavenworth.
    PFC Bradley Manning is awaiting a recommendation from investigating officer Lt. Col. Paul Almanza as to which charges the military will refer to a full trial. His legal team expects this announcement to come before January 16, with the actual trial date to be set at some point several weeks later. PFC Manning’s attorneys have requested that the over two dozen charges against the accused whistle-blower be reduced to only three charges that would be considered at trial.
    Read more…

    Spread the Word

  13. Duane, it also shows that the rest of the world is watching closely. We are watching a great and wonderfull country sliding into becoming a “military’ country in some ways a Western version of China, Burma Thailand or Iran. All the high ideals that the US once stood for..Justice Human Rights Freedom Honesty and Truth are slowly fading away….so sad.

  14. This “trial” should never take place because of President Obama’s contempt of court – proclaiming Bradley Manning guilty before trial.
    The inhuman punishment of a remand prisoner for nine months is the sign of a barbaric system. Not out of step with what has happened and is still happening in Guantanamo. Shame on you President. Shame on the USA if Bradley Manning is not released and compensated for whistle-blowing on the crimes he wiotnessed.

  15. Free this young hero now! How could anyone in their right mind think he is anything BUT a hero after seeing the video where innocent people, including the our two AMERICAN Reuters journalists, shot down in cold blood. Made me ashamed to be an American when I first saw that video. Casey Anthony, OJ actual murderers IMHO and they got off Scot free. Doesn’t make sense to me anymore.

  16. Ref.: “Jim 01.16.12 @ 2.57 a.m.”
    Out of the “hundreds of thousands of documents” you say were leaked, you failed to refer to a single document that put an American soldier’s life at risk. Nor has any one of the gainsayers offered a single shred of evidence that supports their vindictive hysteria. Sending hundreds of thousands of documents from the source from which they came, is like throwing hundreds of thousands of shovels of shit out from a cesspool; it is all shit. All that Bradley Manning needed to do, was to consider the source. Bradley Manning is innocent until proved guilty. Jim, where is your proof?
    –R.T. Thomes

  17. Bradley Manning’s trial must be in the news in other nations. I certainly hope the White House is getting the scathing opinions of human rights activists world-wide. That Bradley Manning should be so prosecuted and persecuted while war-mongers for oil profits walk free should be enough to make us all Occupiers.

    • We in Australia are right behind you to free Bradley Manning. Yes, the world is watching and is disgusted.

      We are fighting to keep Julian Assange out of US government clutches too.

  18. SEE the ph# below ~ Make the Call, Make it Happen

    “We’re calling the Department of Defense to demand they drop the “aiding the enemy” against Manning. To make your voice heard:
    1. Dial 703-571-3343
    2. Press 5 to leave a comment
    * If the mailbox is full, leave a written comment for the DOD here: https://kb.defense.gov/app/ask/session/”
    Tell him that we’re watching him. Tell him to drop the charge of “aiding the enemy” and allow the defense team access to the critical evidence and testimony that they have so far been denied. Tell the military to stop preventing consideration of evidence which shows that these WikiLeaks revelations were never a threat to our national security. Tell them to stop the show trial.
    Read more…

  19. Todo mi apoyo y solidaridad con Bradley Manning. Espero que la justicia estadounidense no sea tan ridícula e inhumana como el gobierno belicista de EE.UU.

  20. Please make America stronger by standing up for truth and justice. Please defend human rights everywhere (even in war situations) by freeing Bradley Manning.

  21. Why should a national hero like Brdley Manning be treated as a criminal?

    President Obama said he would have a transpaent administration. Didn’t he mean it?

  22. i made the call ~ left msg and wrote on the DoD Web page.
    It is quite dishartening that so few have left Brad to hang ~
    …Jake, it think that means *selective* Transparency :)

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