Manning Lawyer Asks Hearing Officer To Step Aside

By: AP
By: AP

The civilian attorney for Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website, has asked the presiding officer at his pretrial hearing to step down.

The presiding officer, Army Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, called a recess 30 minutes into Friday's proceeding at Fort Meade in Maryland to consider the request.

Manning defense lawyer David Coombs cited four reasons Almanza, who is an Army reservist, should recuse himself.

Chief among them is Almanza's civilian occupation as a Justice Department prosecutor. The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation targeting WikiLeaks found Julian Assange. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy by leaking hundreds of thousands of secret documents to the website.

Almanza said he hasn't formed an opinion about Manning's guilt or innocence.

The hearing is to determine whether Manning should be court-martialed.

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  • by Sid on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    If Dan Rather can report on the FBI's involvement in the World Trade Center bombing and no one cares I doubt this guy did any damage. I wouldn't be so sure that this story is any more credible than any other mainstream tabloid report.
  • by Arctic Warrior Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    The penalty/punishment for espionage and treason during a time of war is death. Put a bullet in him!
  • by Bradma on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    Well, if you keep tabs on this story you'll find out that his boyfriend dumped him and he was tired of being around so many macho men. So this was his payback. When straight guys get dumped, they usually go get drunk with their buddies for support. They don't turn trader and put national security at risk.
  • by SGTDan Location: CS on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    I hope he agrees with the request- I do not want to see anything provide a chance for this little traitor to avoid the full penalty the MCM allows for espionage and treason.
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      by Ed on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:08 AM in reply to SGTDan
      Still waiting to see what damage has been done. Probably none. America is asleep. Whatever the mainstream media choose to share is the truth. Any other info is automatically rejected.
  • by Wow on Dec 16, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    Congratulations Bradman, you just won KKTV's daily award for the most ignorant comment of the day. Please pick up your award at any downtown gay bar, they are waiting for you.
  • by Bradman on Dec 16, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    This is what happens when you let gays in the military. He has no morals and doesnt know right from wrong.
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