By DAVID DISHNEAU
FILE – Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., in a Tuesday, July 30, 2013 file photo, after receiving a verdict in his court martial. Manning’s defense team is opening its case at the soldier’s sentencing hearing. Defense attorney David Coombs says he expects to call the first of more than a dozen witnesses Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 in the court-martial at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. He says Manning will give a statement before the defense rests on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Reporters are seeing tighter security at the sentencing hearing of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning after some courtroom video appeared online.
Military police officers Monday meticulously searched the bags of journalists entering a building at Fort Meade where the Army provides a closed-circuit video feed from the nearby courtroom.
Closed-circuit video is also fed into an overflow trailer for spectators.
The 16-second video on the video-sharing website Vimeo shows the military judge on the bench and Manning at the defense table. The soundtrack includes Manning supporters chanting, “Free Bradley Manning.”
In March, someone leaked a courtroom audio recording.
The sentencing hearing is entering its third week at the Army installation near Baltimore.
Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing reams of classified information through the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.