Meanwhile in other Wikileaks news, supporters of Bradley Manning have questioned if President Barack Obama’s comments that Bradley Manning “broke the law” will make it hard for Manning to get a “fair trial.”
As NBC News explained, “command influence” is when a military judge or jury could be swayed by a higher-up’s comments or actions. Since Obama is the commander in chief, Manning’s “supporters claim the president’s statement amounts to ‘unlawful command influence.'”
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The Bradley Manning Support Network issued an April 25 press release, which included video of Obama’s comments, and questioned the command influence issue. A White House spokesperson reportedly stated to Politico that Obama was “emphasizing that, in general, the unauthorized release of classified information is not a lawful act” and that Obama wasn’t commenting on Manning’s “guilt or innocence.”