Bradley Manning, the alleged Wikileaks whistleblower who has been held for 18 months, is to finally appear before a military panel. An initial hearing has been set for December 16th at Fort Meade in Maryland, and is expected to last for a week.
The Article 32 hearing will be a chance for both sides to state their cases and, if they wish, to call and question witnesses. The hearing is only preliminary, however, and the Bradley Manning case is likely to drag on for much of 2012 at the very least, if not longer.
Protesters are already planning to turn up at Fort Meade on December 16th to call for Manning to be released immediately. There are growing concerns about the soldier’s treatment, with some questioning whether he has been punished without having been found guilty.