Army whistleblower who helped leak details of Bush’s torture program is testifying live at the Senate Judiciary Committee

The hearing assisting the military whistleblower who leaked details of the Bush administration’s torture regime, Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, is scheduled to begin on Monday. 

The hearing is expected to last up to two hours, with a live stream on CNN and MSNBC beginning at 7 p.m.


The hearing will provide an opportunity for the American public to learn more about Manning’s role in helping the US Army prosecute and convict several high-profile individuals including former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, former US Navy Seal and convicted murderer Michael Hastings, and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

The hearing, which will begin at 7:30

EST, will feature a panel of former intelligence officials and defense attorneys who have come forward to defend Manning, who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for handing over hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Manning, who has been in solitary confinement since May, was convicted of providing “secret” documents to Wikileaks in 2013.

Manning’s case has been heavily criticized by both sides in the legal battle over his punishment.

It is the second time in less than two months that the panel of retired military officials, former intelligence professionals, and defense lawyers will appear in front of the Senate to testify.

In June, the panel is expected the Senate will hold a hearing on the Obama administration’s drone assassination program.

This will be the second hearing on Manning’s prosecution.

Earlier in August, the court-martialing judge sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison for providing classified information to WikiLeaks in 2013 and sentenced him to a 35 percent to life sentence. 

Manning’s sentencing was announced by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, as well as members of the United Nations and other human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the European Union, and the International Criminal Court.

Earlier in August the military court in Virginia, which was prosecuting Manning, suspended Manning’s sentence pending an appeal of the court’s decision to sentence him.