Army Private Bradley Manning
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Manning spends 1000th day in detention

Should American soldier Bradley Manning be seen as a whistleblower?

Bradley Manning, the American soldier who passed over 200,000 secret documents to Wikileaks, will spend his 1000th day in detention today.

Civil Rights lawyer Chase Madar says that Manning is a whistleblower and believes he has done a "very valuable service" to the United States "because he has brought so much information to light".

PJ Crowley, former spokesman for the State Department, takes the view that Manning's actions have "put real people in danger" due to the sources of the leaked information, adding that if he's convicted he expects Manning will spend "a significant amount of time" in jail.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday 23 February 2013.