The pre-trial hearing in the treason case against former Private Specialist Bradley Manning appears in military court, for illegally downloading classified documents and releasing them to WikiLeaks, is set to begin at Fort Meade, Md., Friday.
It will be Manning’s first appearance, when he shows up to court, since being arrested nearly 18 months ago.
While in the service, when he worked in Iraq, Bradley allegedly downloaded thousands of war logs and diplomatic cables and shared them with the website WikiLeaks.
Now Manning faces 22 criminal charges that could keep him behind bars for life.
“Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a Fox News host said back in 2010 before Bradley was accused.
The military has since backed off the death penalty and will not ask for it. His lawyer is maintaining that the documents released did little actual harm.
However, on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Bradley Manning’s alleged actions damaging and unfortunate.