Assange has said he thinks the claims against him are Washington's way of getting him arrested so that he can be extradited to the United States to face charges.
Manning's supporters from the start
Manning has another well-known cheerleader -- Daniel Ellsberg, famous for leaking the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times, which published them in 1971. The documents showed that several presidents knew that the Vietnam War was an unwinnable quagmire and that the government had lied to Congress and the public about the progress of the conflict.
Ellsberg told CNN that he views Manning as a "hero" and he shares a kinship with him. In fact, Ellsberg was so committed to making sure the world understood his support for the young soldier that he went to the White House in 2011 to be arrested while protesting.
"I was that young man; I was Bradley Manning," he said. A YouTube video of Ellsberg talking about Manning and the case has been viewed 2,228 times.
Ellsberg's voice has joined many across the country over the past three years. The Bradley Manning Support Network sprang up in 2010, made up of people from across the world, the vast majority united by the group's website.
March and protest.
Carrying signs and chanting "Free Bradley Manning," dozens of protesters marched Tuesday night from Dupont Circle Park in Washington to the White House in Manning's name.
The Bradley Manning Support Network helped pay for Manning's attorney, David Coombs, and as of January, in the last count the group offers, there were 25,632 signatures on an online petition asking that all charges against Manning be dropped.
Coombs tried to have charges dismissed, without success, and kept a blog throughout his representation of Manning. Several of those entries describe documents that Coombs filed alleging that Manning had been mistreated during his initial detainment at Quantico military prison in Virginia. He blogged that Manning was "forced to stand naked at parade rest where he was in view of multiple guards" and was "required to wear a heavy and restrictive suicide smock which irritated his skin and, on one occasion, almost choked him."
Manning was moved to Fort Leavenworth Joint Regional Correctional Facility in April 2011. He was later transferred to Fort Meade when hearings began in his case.