HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Supporters of an Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks say the defense hopes to call as many as 50 witnesses at his military hearing next month.

Jeff Paterson of the Bradley Manning Support Network told reporters in a conference call Tuesday that the prospective witnesses would include people who can talk about the public benefits of whistleblowers.

Paterson says his information was based on his communications with lead defense attorney David Coombs.

Coombs didn’t immediately respond to queries from The Associated Press about his plans.

The Army said Monday that the hearing will begin Dec. 16 at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The Article 32 hearing is the military equivalent of a civilian preliminary hearing to determine whether Pfc. Manning will stand trial.

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  1. j says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    There is evidence that several 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, even without the supporting evidence of bribery this makes sense.
    If FBI and DEA employees where less concerned with enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes and more concerened with doing their jobs, 911 may never have happened.

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