Now that US military sources have admitted that they have comprehensively failed to link Bradley Manning with Wikileaks and Julian Assange personally, could they ease up on the treatment Bradley is receiving please? Why continue to apply pressure for a confession that cannot be made?
According to CBS yesterday, US investigators are saying that they never expected to find a “direct link” between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. My personal reaction to this particular revelation is strictly of the “yeah, right” variety, but this part of the article is undoubtedly true:
The case against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning didn’t hinge on investigators uncovering a direct link to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange anyway, CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports.
Bradley Manning is in great need of our support and there needs to be much greater public awareness of the gravity of his case – this certainly applies in the UK, but internationally too. Also of note in the CBS report is this, which I haven’t seen reported elsewhere:
Manning’s lawyer told The Associated Press Friday that a mental-health investigation to determine if Manning can stand trial will likely begin in February.
I believe that the military is obliged to bring a case before the autumn, when Bradley Manning’s tour of duty would have ended.
(Thanks to wikileaksfan1 for bringing the CBS story to my attention)