Activists plan rally at Tampa's MacDill AFB in support of Bradley Manning listen05/31/13 Janelle Irwin
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Army Private Bradley Manningâ€™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.
â€œThe hope, I think, at the Obama administration is that they shut people up and that they shut down journalistic sources and thatâ€™s a danger to everyone. If we canâ€™t have a democracy, we canâ€™t make decisions about our world, about our country if we donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on.â€
The rally starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Activists will wave signs and perform a puppet show, but Shannon said the group isnâ€™t planning any civil disobedience.