US Gay Soldier May Face Death Penalty Over Wikileaks

Posted By on March 3, 2011

Openly gay Private 1st Class Bradley Manning has been in custody since July when he was accused of downloading thousands of classified documents and leaking them to Wikileaks. The charges have just been announced, and they include several punishable by death.

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PFC Brad Manning

The list of charges is extensive, but the most serious is the charge of “Aiding The Enemy,” which carries with it the possibility of a death sentence.

The charges continue not to mention Wikileaks by name, rather claiming that Manning released the classified information to an “unauthorized source.”

Manning currently is being held at the Quantico military base in Washington DC. He’s spent the last 8 months in a 6-12 foot cell for 23 hours a day.


While conviction on the charge of “aiding the enemy” could result in the death penalty, military prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on that charge alone. But the presiding military judge would have the authority to dismiss the prosecution’s recommendation and impose the death penalty.

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3 Responses to “US Gay Soldier May Face Death Penalty Over Wikileaks”

  1. It still seems like he’s being denied due process…. of any kind….

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