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Dear Friend of Bradley Manning,
This Monday, Bradley Manning turned 25, celebrating his third birthday in prison while awaiting trialÂ for releasing important documents to the public via WikiLeaks. The government has delayed Bradâ€™sÂ court martial for over two years. But now we have big news: his court marital is expected to start inÂ March 2013.
Weâ€™re writing today because we need your help to raise enough money for Bradâ€™s trial expenses. Weâ€™ve had a generous donor offer to match the first $10,000 donated in December.Â Please make a donation so we can ensure Bradley Manning has the best defense possibleÂ when he goes to court.
We just finished a major hearing in Maryland. For the first time, Bradâ€™s lawyer, David Coombs, presentedÂ evidence that showed the abusive conditions Brad was held in for eleven months.In court, Coombs showed that Brad was kept on enforced â€œsuicide watch,â€ against theÂ recommendations of psychiatrists. This included solitary confinement with no access to sunlight,Â eyeglasses and clothing taken away, and even extreme humiliation such as being forced to stand nude for morning inspection. As Coombs stated:
â€œBradâ€™s treatment at Quantico will forever be etched, I believe, in our nationâ€™s history, as aÂ disgraceful moment in time. Not only was it stupid and counterproductive. It was criminal.â€
Thanks to your support â€“ financial and otherwise â€“ weâ€™ve helped fund the legal defense that allowedÂ all of this evidence of torturous treatment to be submitted in pretrial hearings, giving Brad a real chance at seeing justice.
But the court martial will be our toughest battle yet â€“ weeks of cross-examinations, evidence, andÂ testimony will be presented. We are expecting this trial to last far longer than a normal court
martial, potentially lasting for three or four months.
Weâ€™ve already accomplished so much because of dedicated supporters like you, including:
Ended Bradâ€™s illegal, inhuman, and unjust solitary confinement at Quantico, which was criticized by torture experts around the world;
Successfully created publicity around Bradley Manning to pressure the army to transfer him out of a military prison in Kuwait, where he was held for two months in what he described in
testimony as a â€œcageâ€;
Provided Bradley Manning with a top-notch civilian attorney of his own choosing;
Committed to paying all of Bradâ€™s legal fees so that his family didnâ€™t have to go into extensive debt or mortgage their home to afford his defense;
Organized and coordinated protests and vigils in dozens of cities around the world;
Worked with the media to ensure that Bradley Manning was a name recognized in households all over the world;
Provided detailed coverage of the Bradâ€™s hearings through our website, to ensure the public has a virtual front row seat to this momentous trial;