Over 200 protesters showed up outside Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas on Saturday to protest the incarceration of PFC Bradley Manning, the Army soldier accused of feeding classified information to Wikileaks:
From Fox4 in Kansas City:
More than 200 protesters rallied in Leavenworth to support the Army private on Saturday. People say they weren't just there for the sake of a soldier. They say they were there for the sake of freedom of speech.
Demonstraters showed support by waving flags, carrying posters and placards. Most of them say they don't even know Bradley Manning. They say for now, the principle is just as important as the private.
Jeff Patterson came all the way from Oakland, California for the rally. He says he feels a personal need to raise money for Manning's legal defense. Patterson says he was a conscientious objector of the Gulf War and now regards Manning as a martyr for a cause.
"We see him as a person who possibly leaked information to Wikileaks and made a name for himself," Patterson said. "We believe that society of both American and international is better off for that information."