Pfc. Bradley Manning’s attorney David Coombs held a press conference Wednesday at a hotel in Hanover. It is located just minutes from Fort Meade, where his client the Wikileaks whistle-blower had earlier received a 35-year prison sentence from the trial judge, Col. Denise Lind.
Manning also was “dishonorably discharged.” He was found guilty of various charges ranging from computer fraud to federal theft dealing with the unauthorized release of more than 700,000 documents.
Coombs said he plans to file a clemency appeal on his client’s behalf with the Court Martial Convening Authority Major General Jeffrey Buchanan. He’s also preparing an application for a presidential pardon and other “legal avenues of redress for his client.”
To learn more about the relevancy of the very controversial Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to Manning’s case, and to other cases, check out this story.
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