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Artists, activists unite at Bradley Manning trial

June 27, 2013 • National News


In this June 17, 2013 photo, Clark Stoeckley stands in front of a box truck in Fort Meade, Md., that he painted in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. Stoeckley, an art instructor spending his summer making sketches of Manning’s court-martial, is Manning’s most visible supporter as he arrives at Fort Meade early each day in a truck painted to provoke. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Clark Stoeckley is Bradley Manning’s most visible supporter at the soldier’s court-martial. He arrives each day in a white box truck with bold words painted on the sides: “WikiLeaks TOP SECRET Mobile Information Collection Unit.” The provocative gag even has a nonworking satellite dish and two fake security cameras on it.

Stoeckley, a 30-year-old art instructor at a New Jersey college, is among the more colorful of the 10 to 20 supporters who regularly attend Manning’s trial, which resumed this week. The loose-knit group of mostly retirees or self-employed workers sits through hours of sometimes bland testimony at Fort Meade, a military installation near Baltimore. They take notes, make courtroom sketches or write blogs, posting their drawings and articles on websites designed to inform people about the court-martial and raise money for Manning’s defense.

They do so because they are united in skepticism of the U.S. government and the belief that Manning exposed wrongdoing by leaking hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports and State Department cables, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan war video.

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