Let Bradley Manning Defend Himself!

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, left, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, after the first day of a military hearing that will determine if he should face court-martial for his alleged role in the WikiLeaks classified leaks case.

The young private charged with leaking thousands of army documents to Wikileaks won't be able to properly defend himself in court thanks to the military's refusal to allow him to call appropriate witnesses. Denver Nicks at The Daily Beast says that's unconscionable, since studies suggest state secrecy is raging out of control and leaks are the only way we're likely to learn the truth about what government does. "It may be that Bradley Manning put lives in danger and did 'serious injury to the national interest.' But if he did, the state should prove it in open court amid a candid discussion about what is secret and why."