Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Gary Barthel, Military Law Attorney, Higgs Fletcher & Mack, San Diego
Gabriel Conaway, Organizer San Diego Coalition to Free Manning
Last night in Hillcrest, a group of supporters of Private First Class Bradley Manning celebrated his not guilty verdict on aiding the enemy. But the group also decried the fact that Manning was found guilty on a number of other charges, including several counts of espionage.
The charges stem from Manning's Army assignment in Iraq in 2009, where he was arrested for downloading and transmitting classified databases to the website WikiLeaks.
The reasons why Manning transmitted the information, the damage done and the larger implications of this prosecution are still unresolved.