The Article 32 is similar to a grand jury hearing in a civilian court, to see if there is enough evidence to go to trial. Since the little turd leaked hundreds of thousands of documents, I’m pretty sure they have a case.
Bradley Manning will have an Article 32 hearing beginning on Dec. 16 at Fort Meade in Maryland. The hearing, which is expected to last five days, is a military procedure similar to a grand jury hearing, whereby prosecutors will lay out their evidence before a judge who will determine if the case is sufficiently strong for the young private to be court-martialed.
The Army has filed 22 counts against Manning, including a capital charge of aiding the enemy, for which the government said it would not seek the death penalty. Other charges include five counts of theft of public property or records, two counts of computer fraud, eight counts of transmitting defense information in violation of the Espionage Act, and one count of wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet knowing it would be accessible to the enemy.
The only thing that irks me about this case is the the Army isn’t going for the death penalty. By any practical measure Manning is a traitor and should face death for his crimes. Of course, considering how the delicate little git is falling apart in pre-trial custody, forcing him to live out his life in prison may very well be the more punitive sentence.