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Manning Attorney: Treatment of Accused Whistleblower "Criminal"

HeadlinesDec 04, 2012

The attorney for accused U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley Manning spoke out Monday night in his first public speech about his client’s case. Addressing a church audience in Washington, D.C., David Coombs called Manning’s treatment in U.S. custody "criminal," and said that Manning is feeling optimistic about his chances in court.

David Coombs: "Brad’s treatment at Quantico will forever be etched, I believe, in our nation’s history as a disgraceful moment in time. Not only was it stupid and counterproductive, it was criminal. An entire group of individuals who I — no doubt, are honorable men and women, chose to turn a blind eye to how Bradley was being treated. I can tell you that he is very excited about having his case go forward, and it’s in the process now. It’s been a long time. And he’s also, at this point, very encouraged by the way the proceedings are going."

A pretrial hearing before Manning’s court-martial is ongoing. Coombs says he intends to continue to call Manning’s military jailers to the stand to confront them on Manning’s harsh treatment behind bars.

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