Bradley Manning Support Network plans June 1, 1 p.m. protest

Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower responsible for releasing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, speaks during a rally in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning outside the gates of Fort Meade, Md., Saturday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Supporters of an Army private who sent troves of classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks held a protest march and rally outside Maryland's Fort Meade ahead of Pfc. Bradley Manning's court-martial.

Members of the Bradley Manning Support Network and others gathered Saturday near Fort Meade's main gate. They marched about a mile south along US 175.

Protesters carried signs, some reading "Free Bradley" and "Bradley Manning: Jailed for exposing war crimes."

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, was among those showing support.

Manning's trial is to begin Monday. The 25-year-old Oklahoma native is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending classified material to WikiLeaks. Manning has said he wanted the public to know how the American military was fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan with little regard for human life.

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