A pre-trial hearing began Tuesday at Fort Meade, Maryland, in the case of Bradley Manning.
Manning is the soldier who allegedly released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.
The US Army private is due to be court-martialed on 22 charges, including “aiding the enemy.”
But Manning’s lawyers are asking for the case to be thrown out, on the grounds that he’s been mistreated while in custody.
Outside Fort Meade, a small group of protesters – including military veterans – braved the rain to support Manning.
Arun Rath, reporter for The World and PBS Frontline, says the court proceedings are not easy to follow, as documents and motions are not shared with the press.
“It’s easier to follow the military commissions at Guantanamo,” says Rath.