The weekend protests followed several rallies last week—timed to garner support as Manning enters the sentencing phase—including an action immediately following closing arguments in Manning’s trial, in which supporters blocked the gates to Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. at the office of Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, the trial’s convening authority.

Manning’s supporters are calling on Buchanan—who has the ability to reduce Manning’s sentence—to ‘do the right thing’ and protect the whistleblower.

Manning is currently facing a possible life sentence for exposing hundreds of thousands of classified documents revealing US war crimes and injustices after the judge presiding his trial refused to drop the ‘aiding the enemy’ charge.

Manning’s supporters have blasted military authorities and the Obama Administration for denying the private due process, elevating his charges, and placing him in solitary confinement torture conditions for nearly a year—severe punishments that critics say are aimed at intimidating whistleblowers.

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The judge presiding over Manning’s case announced today that the verdict will be read at 1pm eastern time Tuesday.

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