I just sat through the first week in court of the most high profile military trial going on right now, and possibly in US history. AMA.
Army Private First Class Bradley Manning faces life in prison for releasing hundreds of thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks. On February 28, 2013, he pled guilty to several misdemeanor offences, which could result in up to 20 years in prison. However, the military prosecution continues to pursue several more major charges, such as "Aiding the enemy" and "Espionage," which could result in life in prison.
Last week, 350 journalists applied for media credentials, and there was only space to grant 80. 1000 people gathered outside Ft. Meade's gates on Saturday, without public transportation to assist them. And two nights ago, Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Kucinich debated the issue and Hollywood support for Bradley Manning on Fox.
By the time this case is over, it will be the longest record of trial in US military history. The ruling, whatever it is, will set a precedent that will affect many cases to come. I have been studying the case for two years, and have sat in on many hearings and all of the trial thus far. I'm especially interested in answering factual questions about what has happened in the courtroom, as public transcripts are only being produced for the first time this week, thanks to Freedom of the Press Foundation raising money for stenographers.