|Bradley Manning supporters gather outside|
The White House
Nathan Fuller at Bradleymanning.org has given us gracious permission to reprint his daily firsthand reports, which you can find below highlighted by date. Summaries, commentary, and videos provide a comprehensive chronicle of events from start to finish.
Over the last week we have heard Manning's plea for forgiveness, as well as the introduction of Manning's mental health records as a possible mitigating factor in the sentencing phase. Combined with questions surrounding leadership failures at nearly all levels, as well as statements from Manning's family, the defense is doing its best to ensure that Judge Lind's decision "allows him to have a life."
The government has officially called for 60 years, which would, in effect, end Manning's life while behind bars and in turn serve to intimidate anyone else who might intend to come forward with information based on conscience. “There’s value in deterrence,” said Captain Joe Morrow. “This court must send a message to any soldier contemplating compromising national security information.”
Apparently we will find out sometime tomorrow morning (EST) what the fate of Bradley Manning will be, and whether or not a harsh sentence will deter future truth-telling.