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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Manning Side to Seek Clemency, Pardon

Press release from the Bradley Manning Support Network: 
David Coombs, lead attorney for WikiLeaks whistle-blower Pfc. Bradley Manning, will give a statement and answer questions from the press, three hours after military judge Colonel Denise Lind delivers Manning’s sentence. Today, Judge Lind announced that she would deliver her sentence at 10:00 AM so the press conference will start at approximately 1:30 PM.
At the Hotel at Arundel Preserve, just ten minutes away from Ft. Meade, Mr. Coombs will respond to the sentence and discuss upcoming legal avenues of redress for his client.  This will be the first time since 2010 that Mr. Coombs has taken questions from the press regarding this case.
The Bradley Manning Support Network will also provide a brief overview of our efforts moving forward to free Manning, including financial backing for all legal efforts. Immediately, this includes a clemency appeal to the court martial Convening Authority Major General Jeffery Buchanan. During the press conference, Pardon.BradleyManning.org will launch, and will soon include a copy of Mr. Coombs’ application for a Presidential Pardon. Additionally, a crowd-funded college trust fund is being established in order to assure Manning the means to attend college upon his release.
Supporters of Manning will hold a vigil at the Fort Meade gate from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM, and will rally at the White House at 7:30 PM tomorrow evening, with a march to follow.

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