Army Officer: Court-Martial Bradley Manning

He recommends trial on all counts in WikiLeaks case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2012 3:57 PM CST
In this photo taken Dec. 22, 2011, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted from a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md.   (Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – An Army officer recommended a general court-martial today for alleged Wiki-Leaker Bradley Manning. The recommendation to try Manning on all 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, now goes up the chain of command. Lt. Col. Paul Almanza sent his report to Col. Carl Coffman, who will make a recommendation to Military District of Washington commander Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington, whose decision is final. The military did not provide a timeline for those actions.

Almanza presided over Manning's preliminary hearing in December, during which military prosecutors produced evidence that Manning downloaded and electronically transferred to WikiLeaks a huge quantity of sensitive information. Defense lawyers say Manning was clearly a troubled young soldier whom the Army should never have deployed to Iraq or given access to classified material while he was stationed there from late 2009 to mid-2010. (Read more Bradley Manning stories.)

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