Big story at Bradley Manning court martial? Military bases have armed police

The closing arguments in the court martial of Bradley Manning wrapped up this afternoon at Fort Meade in Maryland, and the case is now in the hands of Judge Col. Denise Lind. Manning is accused of handing over hundreds of thousands of documents to website WikiLeaks in the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. So, what’s the big news coming out of Fort Meade? Reporters and bloggers covering the trial are unhappy about their treatment.

Both BuzzFeed and BoingBoing have picked up the story, quoting reporters on the scene who are unhappy about working among armed security, not to mention having their bags searched and having to deal with the spotty quality of the base’s Wi-Fi signal.

Clark Stoeckley, who tweets as @WikiLeaksTruck and posted a photo of himself wearing a “Support Bradley Manning” T-shirt to the proceedings, was banned from the court martial earlier today after being accused of posting threatening messages, but he is asking followers not to overreact.

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