Supporters of a gay army private first class facing court martial are planning a human billboard spelling out “Free Bradley Manning” from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (July 26) at First and Market streets in San Francisco.
Manning has admitted to leaking 700,000 classified U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks. Locally, controversy erupted around Manning after the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee board announced he’d been named a grand marshal for this year’s parade, then rescinded the honor.
The protest marks the International Day of Action, which is Saturday, July 27. According to Manning’s backers, the date coincides with the anticipated sentencing phase of his trial.