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    >>> the american army private who was the alleged source in the wikileaks case is now awaiting court-martial in what's described as a massive cust -- nbc's mike tiabbi explains.

    >> reporter: bradley manning was the undersized sax player in the band, the straight a student, and his lifelong friend jordan davis who says he often got under classmates words. now he's the alleged source in the middle of the wikileaks firestorm, an army intelligence officer entrusted with downloading and distributing classified documents made public by wikileaks . in his hometown of crescent, oklahoma some are already judging him, like former marine roger campbell.

    >> i think he should be executed for doing what he did?

    >> reporter: and if he did it, why? a former computer hacker says he had a -- i want people to see the truth, manning wrote about war strategy, air strikes that killed civilians in iraq and about all those cables in the state department database. it belongs in the public domain , he said repeatedly, he says i couldn't be a spy, spies don't post things for the world to see.

    >> he described himself at one point to be a hacktivist.

    >> reporter: he sometimes refused to say the pledge of allegiance at school.

    >> that was one of the things that was a little different about him.

    >> reporter: he talked about his parents divorce, about a boy who joined an army who would not allow him to serve as a gay man. i was the only one in town who was nonreligious, i am godless.

    >> if found guilty, he deserves all he gets.

    >> reporter: given the current charges he faces, that could be 52 years. for today, mike tiabbi, nbc news, crescent, oklahoma.

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