WikiLeaks Gives $15K for Bradley Manning's Defense Donation is shy of original pledge of $50K By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 13, 2011 6:52 PM CST 9 comments Comments An undated file photo of Bradley Manning. (AP Photo, File) (Newser) – Bradley Manning may go to prison for a long, long time if he's found guilty of spilling military secrets—and it probably won't be a pleasant stay—but at least he's still got WikiLeaks in his corner. Kind of. The site today pledged $15,100 for his defense, which, as Wired points out, is not only far short of the $50,000 it promised months ago but comes after it paid salaries to employees such as Julian Assange ($88,000). Still, the Bradley Manning Support Network—which expressed frustration last month about WikiLeaks' lack of follow-through—praised today's donation and said it brought the total collected so far to $100,000. That's still shy of the $115,000 needed for defense fees and to pay David Coombs, the attorney who's agreed to represent Manning for a flat fee. Click for more.