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Supporters to rally for soldier charged in leaks
QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Anti-war activists plan to rally on Sunday in a Quantico municipal park near the Marine Corps base for an Army private charged with leaking classified material to the website WikiLeaks.
The event is aimed at freeing Pfc. Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst. He is being held at the Quantico Marine Corps Base pending possible trial on charges he leaked dozens of diplomatic cables plus secret video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack on unarmed men in Baghdad.
Organizers include Courage to Resist, an Oakland, Calif., group that is raising money to help pay a civilian defense attorney.
Another organizer, the anti-war group CodePink, said it’s unjust that Pfc. Manning sits in jail while no one in the Bush or Obama administration has been charged with war crimes in Iraq or Afghanistan.
A counterprotest sponsored by the Washington chapter of FreeRepublic.com also is planned. Spokeswoman Kristinn Taylor said military veterans and others are planning to protest and denounce Pfc. Manning and groups such as CodePink. Ms. Taylor said the counterprotesters want to show their support for the wars overseas and members of the military.
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