Bradley Manning Hearing Begins
Pvt. Bradley Manning, accused of aiding the enemy and violating the Espionage Act by leaking the Wikileaks documents and other material, is finally getting a hearing in military court.
Firedoglake has bloggers in the overflow media center. They can't post while court is in session, but are posting during recesses with a running live blog. The Guardian also has a running live-blog. [More...]
What's happened so far (via BBC): Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, asked the investigative hearing officer (he's the judge) to recuse himself. Combs questioned his bias since he's a current civilian prosecutor for DOJ and DOJ has a pending investigation into Wikileaks. The military prosecutors asked to present 20 witnesses, the defense asked to produce 38. The judge approved all 20 prosecution witnesses but only 2 for the defense.
The hearing, which is like a preliminary hearing in civilian court, is to determine whether Manning must stand trial, is expected to last a week.
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