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Retired U.S. Colonel Ann Wright on Bradley Manning trial

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Three years after his arrest, Bradley Manning's trial began yesterday in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Soldier Bradley Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of pieces of classified information to WikiLeaks. The leak included 250,000 diplomatic cables, the Iraq and Afghan war logsand a number of war videos. It's the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.
   
Mr. Manning has been held in military detention since his arrest in May 2010, the majority of that time in solitary confinement. Sarah Shourd, an American accused of being a spy and held for more than a year in solitary confinement in Iran, was outside the courtroom in Maryland today. She is one of those speaking in support of Manning. She draws parallels between his incarceration and her own treatment in Iran, saying, "The Obama administration is on the wrong side of history when it comes to the persecution of Bradley Manning."

Retired Colonel Ann Wright served as an officer in the U.S. military for nearly three decades and as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department, resigning in 2003 over the US invasion of Iraq. She was in the courtroom in Fort Meade, yesterday, and tells us how Manning's defence is handling the serious charges he's facing.

Click 'Listen' to hear Sarah Shourd's comments and our interview with Ann Wright.
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