VIDEO: Bradley Manning’s Lawyer Makes First Public Appearance

David Coombs, the lawyer representing Bradley Manning, the jailed soldier accused of leaking sensitive national security documents to WikiLeaks, spoke publicly about the case for the first time last night. 

The event was held in Washington by Manning-supporters to raise money for the defendant. Other speakers included Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project, Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo of the National Whistleblower Center.

Coombs spoke about how he doesn’t want his client to be tried in the press, Manning’s treatment in prison, and why he thinks the court martial system is “by far the fairest.” You can see the whole event streamed by C-Span here, or a few excerpts from Coombs in the video below. 

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