FORT MEADE, Md. (WJZ) — There are new accusations against the Army private charged with leaking classified government documents. Now, the military reveals it believes Bradley Manning aided terrorists with his actions.

Weijia Jiang reports.

Pfc. Bradley Manning faces 22 charges including aiding the “enemy.” His defense lawyer asked exactly who that was. Without hesitation, the military judge answered: al-Qaida.

A security detail escorted Manning into a military courthouse Thursday as he took one step closer to a trial.

The 24-year-old Army private is accused of spilling hundreds of thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks and faces nearly two dozen charges, including aiding al-Qaida.

“Manning went out on his own conscience said, ‘Hey, this is what’s up. I think people need to know the truth. I did this so people know the truth,'” Owen Wiltshire, a member of a Bradley Manning support network, said. “And he’s being persecuted by the government.”

Wiltshire held a vigil outside Fort Meade. Inside, Manning faced a judge during a motions hearing. His lawyer requested to see more evidence to receive more details about the charges and to compel potential witnesses to give depositions.

Then, he asked the case be dismissed altogether claiming the Feds failed to turn over documents.

But the government says Manning released a classified military video of an American attack in Iraq that killed 11 and state department records with candid remarks about world leaders.

If he’s found guilty, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Protesters promise to keep fighting.

“I and all these people here consider him a real hero,” another Manning supporter said.

The hearing is expected to wrap up on Friday. Then, the judge will set the trial date.

Comments (6)
  1. peter o neil says:

    Why hasn’t this been told before? Why now? It smells of a government controlled conspiracy.

    1. wow says:

      Regardless, this piece fo trash should be treated as such. Trash! Worthless POS

      1. onebirdsflight says:

        Educate yourself to this case and you will see why half the world is in his favor. The other half just doesn’t know who he is. This is the most important case in our lifetime.
        . It stands for less secretive governments and puts an eye on corrruption. He is nominated for the nobel peace prize via Iceland

  2. Tony Delinee says:

    Can’t believe the government would abuse someone so badly for exposing war crimes.

  3. SpecialEd says:

    If this was a civilian matter, it would be a different story; but it isn’t. He joined the military, he was given access to classified data, and even if his only intention was to expose U.S. war crimes, anyone who works with classified data will tell you that the formatting and methods in which data is obtained and compiled is just as important to a security analyst. This man put U.S. agents and soldiers at risk. Some of those soldiers may be guilty of war crimes, but the vast majority of them aren’t and their lives are on the line.

  4. Tony Delinee says:

    No one was put at risk from him telling us the truth. Yo uare a liar mr. SpecialEd. You have no honor. You are a disgrace to your uniform. It is your DUTY to expose war crimes. IT IS YOUR DUTY TO DO SO.

    SpecialEd is guilty of hiding the truth from the public. He’s forgotten soldiers are innocent until proven guilty. PFC Bradley Manning has never been convincted of any charge. No one has ever been hurt by informatoin published by WikiLeaks.

    SpecialED should be investigated, and locked up for far longer than PFC Bradley Manning.

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