2nd Officer Recommends Manning Be Court-Martialed

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A low-ranking intelligence analyst charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history is a step closer to a general court-martial after a second Army officer signed off on this step.

The Army says Col. Carl Coffman sent his recommendation Wednesday to Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington, commander of the Military District of Washington. Linnington will decide whether to order a trial for Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Coffman concurred with the presiding officer at Manning's preliminary hearing last month. The 24-year-old Crescent, Okla., native faces 22 counts, including aiding the enemy.

Manning allegedly gave more than 700,000 secret U.S. documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks for publication.

Defense lawyers say the emotionally troubled soldier should never have been deployed to Iraq or given access to classified material.

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  • by RICO Location: Springs on Jan 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
    Just so I understand your logic of, "So what harm has Manning caused?" If I burn down a school, but no one is injured, that's okay? At the end of the day, when all of the dust settles, this idiot violated his oath and the security requirements for the classified data he released. He knows this, as he likely holds a TS/SCI. Our Government and other governments have secrets. For some of these secrets to made public puts lives and nations at stake. If Manning (and no, the irony of his name is not lost on me) wants to be a woman, fine. Be a woman. But first, be a man and tell the Army you want out, not a reality show. The dismal tide...
  • by Dan'o Location: CS on Jan 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    Yes, he deserves a traitor's sentence. Under no duress he knowingly released classified information to unauthorized people during a time of conflict. It takes years to judge the full extent of damage to classified leaks. This little dirtbag was repeatedly told what the rules and penalties were for conduct like this from the moment he hit his school for AIT. It is treason, no two ways about it.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    So now that we want to hang this guy what effect did his crime have on anything? Probably nothing but we love the drama
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      by Artic Warrior on Jan 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM in reply to
      He committed an act of treason. Obviously YOU have never served for your Country.
  • by Dan'o Location: CS on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:10 AM
    Now if they'd just convene a Special Courts Martial and try the little worm for treason.
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