WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army intelligence analyst suspected of illegally passing government secrets to the WikiLeaks website will have a military hearing next month in Maryland to determine whether he will stand trial, his lawyer and an Army spokeswoman said Monday.

Pfc. Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hearing will begin Dec. 16 at Fort Meade near Baltimore and last about five days, civilian defense attorney David E. Coombs wrote in a blog post. Shaunteh Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Army’s Military District of Washington, confirmed the date and venue.

An Article 32 hearing is the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing in civilian court. A presiding officer will
evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the government’s case against the 23-year-old soldier and make a recommendation on which, if any, charges should be forwarded to a general court-martial.

Coombs said the hearing will be open to the public, except for limited periods for discussion of classified information.

Manning is in pretrial confinement at Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas. He faces 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, the Army said. That charge can bring the death penalty or life in prison.

Prosecutors have said they won’t recommend the death penalty to the two-star general who will decide how to proceed with legal action.

Kelly said 12 other counts that Manning originally faced were dismissed in March.

Manning, a native of Crescent, Okla., is suspected of obtaining hundreds of thousands of classified and sensitive documents while serving in Iraq and providing them to the anti-secrecy website.

He was arrested in May 2010 after telling an online confidant, who later turned him in to authorities, that he had sent classified information to WikiLeaks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (8)
  1. willie joe says:

    He doesn’t have a chance, they will cream his poor azz.

  2. Steve Wilson says:

    Right on, Willie Joe. The military is one of the least honest justice systems in the world. Their primary interest is to protect the “system”. Just like any other crooked business.

  3. j says:

    The Department of Justice use torture to make suspects look unstable and therefor play into hands of jurors and conjured witnesses. Humiliation, drugging, sleep deprivation, stress positions, threats of physical violence, harassing relatives, etc… are commonly used.

    Corrupt DoJ, DoD and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support during the four years prior to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the US unobstructed, live for several weeks less than 2 miles from NSA head quarters and be on State Department watch lists, besides there being some proof of it, this makes sense.

  4. larry26 says:

    He’s already in pre-trail confinement at Ft. Leavenworth. Why do they want to bring him to Fort Meade. The powers that be have no sense at all. Every do gooder in the Country will converge on Ft. Meade and the surrounding area making traffic a mess, even more than it is. RT. 175 will become impassable and RT. 32 on the other side. NSA will have people trying to get in there, and the Marine guards will be forced to protect the NSA. We don’t need that kind of publicity.

  5. willie joe says:

    When this story first came to light over a year ago there were hundreds of posters on here calling him a traitor & he had some supporters. My how times & peoples minds change quickly. This kid is but 23 yrs old today, what kind of clearance & real damage could he have done? The government was embarrased at worst & their system was exposed at best. A lot of red faces in high places are what is behind this frame & cover up & to destroy this young mans future. The might of the U.S.government is out of control & can’t be trusted. Where’s J.Edgar Hoover when you need him?

  6. Buffalo Soldier says:

    What do you think Hoover would do to this clown? He leak secret information to God know who, if found guilty he should receive the maximum punishment.

  7. Richard says:

    If he is guilty of leaking Classified Information then he should go to prison for a long time. Given the amount that he leaked he cannot honestly say he read it all so how can he even think that he did not put U S soldiers at risk.

    If you took 12 soldeirs serving in Iraq and put them on his jury they would vote for the death penalty———Unanimously.

  8. willie joe says:

    The average young soldier in the military is drinking the Army/ Marine Kool aid. You people are buying into the government propaganda. This kid knew little & what he exposed should have been made public by our lying cover up government in the first place. Keep drinking the Kool aid, Iraq no nuclear weapons, Bush lied, we have been paying for that lie with kids & $$ ever since. The gov can squeeze your balls. We need to have an independent investigation but no, it’s a cover up just like wall st, Tim Geitner of the Treasury & Eric the coon Holder A.G.

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