Washington, June 20 (ANI): Hollywood actors, comedians and writers have released a video lauding confessed Wikileaks leaker Bradley E. Manning.
Manning is being court-martialed for passing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website.
According to the Washington Times, the celebrities include filmmaker Oliver Stone, actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Wallace Shawn, and Peter Sarsgaard; British comedian Russell Brand; and UK musicians Moby and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.
They held signs declaring ‘I am Bradley Manning’, and read from the testimony given by the junior U.S. Army intelligence analyst.
The analyst faces 30 years imprisonment at his military, judge-only trial being conducted Fort Meade, Maryland.
Manning, who has already pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information and illegally accessing government computer systems, is facing trial on a charge of aiding the enemy.
According to the report, prosecutors said print-outs or downloads of documents he leaked were found in terrorist safe-houses and hideouts, including that of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The video said that for much of his three years of pre-trial detention, Manning was held in conditions amounting to torture, solitary confinement and constant cell lighting and security checks which amounted to sleep deprivation, the report added. (ANI)