Army PFC Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of copying and sending to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks hundreds of thousands of classified documents, has been recommended for court martial:
WikiLeaks: Judge recommends court-martial for Bradley Manning
January 12, 2012 | 3:38 pm
A military judge has recommended that Pfc. Bradley Manning face a general court-martial for allegedly disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files and reports to WikiLeaks, the Army announced Thursday.
Manning, 24, is charged with aiding the enemy, transmitting national defense information in violation of the Espionage Act, and more than 20 other criminal charges. If convicted, he could be sente
nced to life in a military prison.
Lt. Col. Paul Alamanza heard evidence against Manning during a weeklong Article 32 hearing, a military proceeding similar to a civilian grand jury, last month at Ft. Meade, Md. According to an Army statement, Alamanza concluded that “the charges and specifications are in the proper form and that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged.”
A more senior judge, Col. Carl R. Coffman, will now review Alamanza’s report and will decide whether to refer the case to a general court-martial.
There was a line on the television show NCIS, where Special Agent Gibbs, in intimidating two college boys who appeared to be withholding information to solve a crime, said, “Believe me, you won't do well in prison.” Somehow, it looks to me like PFC Manning might fit that description.
Perhaps he should have thought of that before he (allegedly) stole and dumped classified information.