Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking classified data to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, is finally going to go to court — for a pretrial hearing to determine whether there is even enough evidence to charge him with anything. Forbes reports:
One year, six months, and three weeks after he was first jailed in a military brig in Kuwait, alleged WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning will have his day in court: According to a blog post Monday from his lawyer David Coombs, the Army private first class will have a pre-trial hearing in Fort Meade, Maryland on December 16th, a day before his 24th birthday, to examine the government’s charges and evidence and determine whether to proceed with the case against him.
He’s been held all this time, much of it having his rights violated in serious ways, without ever even being charged.