As U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning chose not to enter a plea in the WikiLeaks case Thursday, social media lit up in support of the soldier. “Time is running out,” one supporter wrote.

Bradley Manning (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Last month, Josh Gerstein of Politico reported that the Army was tracking social media during Manning’s hearing. A document obtained by Gerstein showed that the Army was using a service called VOCUS to “track traditional and social media coverage of Manning’s hearing.” But that knowledge did little to dissuade vocal support on Twitter: