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Judge Plans to Announce Verdict in Bradley Manning’s Trial Tomorrow

It has been nearly two months since the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning began. The announcement has been made: a verdict is expected to come down tomorrow in the early afternoon.

I have been here at just about every day of the trial, covering it extensively. That has been possible because of people like you who have funded coverage of Bradley Manning.

I may not have been here to report on military prosecutors calling Manning a “traitor” for the first time if I had not continued to receive support from you. I may not have been here to report on the closing argument by Manning’s defense attorney, David Coombs, where he delivered remarkable commentary on clips from the “Collateral Murder” video that Manning released to WikiLeaks, if it had not been for you.

By now, if you have been following along, you understand this is a critical and unprecedented case, where Manning has been charged with “aiding the enemy” and a conviction could have implications in the war on leaks being waged by President Barack Obama’s administration. Leakers could now be charged not just with willfully communicating information without authorization but also with “aiding” America’s enemies, such as Al Qaeda.

After the judge issues a verdict, there will be multiple weeks where prosecutors present their sentencing case. The defense is well prepared. This chapter in the court martial will be contentious. Of course, if Manning is convicted of “aiding the enemy,” there will be an immediate appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

That means this is far from over, and I will continue to cover this case diligently unlike many members of the press in the United States. And I hope you will keep sharing my reporting with family, friends or those in your social network, and, when possible, make donations so I can remain a fixture in the press pool at Meade and keep up my coverage of the Manning case.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."