On June 6, 2010, he was charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including eight criminal offenses and four noncriminal violations of Army regulations. The full charge sheet is available at www.bradleymanning.org/3163/charge-sheet-html.
His arrest was precipitated by an alleged online chat confession to well-known hacker and journalist Adrian Lamo. The details about and circumstances around this online chat are unconfirmed and somewhat dubious.
The military held Bradley Manning in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait until late July, 2010, at which time they transferred him to U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia. They have continued to hold him there in solitary confinement. If convicted Manning could spend 52 years in prison.
On the 3rd of November, 2010 agents from Homeland Security and the F.B.I. stopped David House, a developer and friend of Bradley Manning, while on his way back into the United States from a short vacation. They seized his laptop and other electronic devices, then proceeded to question him regarding his visits to Manning at Quantico. They did all of this without a warrant or charges. (See more information here and here.)
On the 15th of December Glen Greenwald published a key article concerning the inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning's detention at Quantico. Articles and interviews followed confirming Greenwald's story, including one by David House and a blog entry by Bradley Manning's lawyer, David E. Coombs. See more: The Guardian, The Daily Beast, FireDogLake.
Coming swiftly behind these articles, the office of Manfred Nowak, United Nations special rapporteur on torture, confirmed that they received an official complaint about Manning's situation. Two other United Nations special rapporteurs also released a joint statement meant to "recall a number of international legal principles," point number three being protection for so-called "whistle blowers" when they release information about wrongdoing.
At the same time several outlets reported that Bradley Manning's prosecutors were attempting to incriminate Julian Assange, co-founder of Wikileaks, by offering deals to Manning.
Now, at the start of the second decade in the second millennium, Bradley Manning has a growing list of supporters. Included among them is another famous whistle blower, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. We hope that you will join us as well. See what you can do to support justice in this historic time.