Manning protesters to hold WikiLeaks arrest protest

Demonstrators gathered last summer outside the American Embassy in London. Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire

Demonstrations by supporters of US soldier Bradley Manning will be held today in London, Yorkshire and Cardiff as part of a global protest to mark his 1,000th day spent in prison following his arrest over the leaking of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

A court martial is set to be held in June at Ford Meade in Maryland.

Private Manning was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to WikiLeaks, whose founder Julian Assange has sought refuge inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Ahead of this weekend's protests, a spokesman for a Manning campaign group in the United States said: "There has never been a more important time to broadcast our message of support for exposing war crimes, international justice, and people's right to know what the government does in our name."