Young soldier goes on trial Monday, charged with ‘aiding the enemy’ over sharing information on US military with WikiLeaks
Supporters of accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning protested outside Fort Meade on Saturday just two days before the young soldier’s court martial opens at the army camp.
More than three years after he was arrested in relation to the largest leak of classified documents in US history, Manning will stand trial Monday over counts including “aiding the enemy” – a charge that could see him jailed for life with no chance of parole.
As a final show of support ahead of the court martial, pro-Manning activists staged a demonstration at the gates of Fort Meade near Baltimore over the weekend. Jeff Paterson, of the Bradley Manning Support Network, estimated Saturday that around 1,000 people had turned out for the rally.
As a succession of speakers address the crowd, sporadic chants of “Free Bradley Manning” broke out.
The 25-year-old soldier has been in custody since his arrest at a US military base in Iraq in May 2010. The arrest followed an investigation into the leak of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables and US army reports to whistleblowing site WikiLeaks
Manning has already pleaded guilty to one charge of transmitting digital information to WikiLeaks. But army prosecutors are seeking to convict him of a further 21 counts, including “aiding the enemy”. To get a guilty verdict on that charge, prosecutors must prove that he knowingly gave classified information to al-Qaida and affiliated terror groups.
The trial, which could go on for up to three months, represents the highest profile prosecution of an accused leaker of state secrets conducted under the presidency of Barack Obama.
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REVEALED: Kayleigh McEnany called Biden a ‘man of the people’ who connects better with the ‘middle class’ than Trump
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is a loyal mouthpiece for President Donald Trump, both in presidential policy and against his political opponents in the election campaign. She has echoed Trump's attacks on Joe Biden, calling him a "radical socialist" and using monikers like "Sleepy."
But on Monday, CNN unearthed audio of McEnany from 2015 during an interview on New York AM970, in which she offered a very different view.
"I think the Republicans run into a problem if it is Joe Biden and if it is maybe a Trump on the other side," said McEnany. "Because Joe Biden, one of the things he is remarkable at is really kind of being a man of the people and resonating with middle class voters. Feeling like — coming off as human. His gaffes — as much as we make fun of them — to a certain extent they make him look human. So not, since he's likable."
Trump whines that he shouldn’t be blamed for ‘Lock Her Up!’ chants — as his supporters chant it
President Donald J. Trump refuted responsibility for his rally cries of "lock her up" during a campaign stop in Martinsburg, Penn. Monday.
"Lock her up," the crowds chanted. To which Trump replied, "Now [the chants] are happening with [Joe] Biden because that's a crime family, frankly. But every time that happens, when they say, 'lock her up,' they always blame me and I have nothing to do with it."
Watch the video below.
After the crowd chants "lock her up!" for Hillary Clinton, Trump says "now [the chants] are happening with Biden because that's a crime family, frankly. But every time that happens, when they say 'lock her up,' they always blame me & I have nothing to do with it." pic.twitter.com/SjKrfadJIv
‘Segregated South type behavior’: Americans are furious at ‘scared’ Texas’s Gov. Abbott deploying Guard troops to the polls
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced that he is deploying troops to the polls in the state, something that a president can't even due because it can suppress the vote.
“The Texas Army National Guard said Monday it had been ordered to dispatch 1,000 troops to five major cities around the state in conjunction with the Nov. 3 election,” San Antonio Express-News reported on Monday.
It sent people into flames of rage claiming that it was an example of a Republican governor behaving like a segregationist from the 1950s.