Activists plan rally at Tampa's MacDill AFB in support of Bradley Manning

05/31/13 Janelle Irwin
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Army Private Bradley Manning’s court martial starts on Monday and nationwide rallies are planned this weekend. A group in Tampa will show their support for Manning in front of MacDill Air Force Base Saturday.

Manning faces life in prison for releasing classified information to the whistleblowing website, WikiLeaks. The information uncovered military attacks on civilians in Iraq, among other things.

Susie Shannon is one of the organizers of the rally. She worries a conviction could pose a major threat to journalistic sources.

“The hope, I think, at the Obama administration is that they shut people up and that they shut down journalistic sources and that’s a danger to everyone. If we can’t have a democracy, we can’t make decisions about our world, about our country if we don’t know what’s going on.”

The rally starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Activists will wave signs and perform a puppet show, but Shannon said the group isn’t planning any civil disobedience.

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Manning, may have violated low level military regulations at best. No TS information released, no Active operation information, no Future operational information. Just released news. Veteran USMC