US Pte Bradley Manning, 25, has lost his challenge against the charge of “aiding the enemy”.© BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty International expressed its disappointment with this week’s ruling, calling out the government on the charge of ‘aiding the enemy’. Judge Lind’s refusal to drop the charge is a ‘travesty of justice’, they said.

The charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ is ludicrous. What’s surprising is that the prosecutors in this case, who have a duty to act in the interest of justice, have pushed a theory that making information available on the internet – whether through Wikileaks, in a personal blog posting, or on the website of The New York Times – can amount to ‘aiding the enemy’,” said Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International.