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Flanked by posters that read "Free Bradley Manning," Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and academic and activist Dr. Cornel West discussed the numerous implications of the Army private's historic court-martial while also speaking out in support of the whistle-blower at a rally over the weekend in Washington, D.C.

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The sentencing phase of Bradley Manning's court-martial continued Tuesday with a military judge deciding to cut the maximum amount of time the Army private could spend in prison from 136 years to 90 years.

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Bradley Manning will be sentenced on Wednesday, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage. Whatever one thinks of Manning’s actions, that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.

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The Army private has been found guilty by a military judge on a number of charges related to the largest leak of classified documents in US history However, he was acquitted on the most serious charge leveled against him

However, the Army private was found guilty on a number of other charges related to the largest leak of classified documents in U

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With a "Nuremberg defense" and other key avenues blocked by the judge in his trial, the Army private has been left with little option but to beg for mercy from the court. The erosion of judicial protection for those who expose state crimes is a dire development.The court's mistreatment of the Army private points to a dire future for American civil rights.

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The Truthdig columnist is part of a group of celebrities, journalists and activists who are featured in a new video voicing their support for whistle-blowing Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose trial for sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks has just gotten underway.

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By Chris Hedges -- The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical Also: Islamophobia in the USA, Bradley Manning's secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secretscom/avbooth/category/truthdig_radio/" title="Truthdig Radio">Truthdig Radio: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical.

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