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Artists, Activists Unite At Bradley Manning Trial

By DAVID DISHNEAU
Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - There's no shortage of Bradley Manning supporters at his court-martial.

On most days, 10 to 20 sympathizers have filled the courtroom seats available to the media and public. They come to support the Army private charged with aiding the enemy for admittedly sending reams of U.S. government secrets to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Many supporters are longtime activists for peace and social issues in the Washington area. They often carpool to the trial and eat lunch together at the PX.

Peace activist and artist Leah Brown says Manning is being persecuted for exposing ugly truths about the war in Iraq.

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