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Amy Goodman | Manning Wronged and Miranda's Rights

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, Democracy Now!

23 August 13

here is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people," wrote the late historian Howard Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States."

These words were included in a statement by Pfc. Bradley Manning, read by his defense attorney David Coombs, at a press conference following Manning's sentencing to 35 years in military prison for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. READ MORE

 

Chris Hedges | Bradley Manning and the Gangster State

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

22 August 13

he swift and brutal verdict read out by Army Col. Judge Denise Lind in sentencing Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison means we have become a nation run by gangsters. It signals the inversion of our moral and legal order, the death of an independent media, and the open and flagrant misuse of the law to prevent any oversight or investigation of official abuses of power, including war crimes. The passivity of most of the nation's citizens - the most spied upon, monitored and controlled population in human history - to the judicial lynching of Manning means they will be next. READ MORE

 

Bill Simpich | It Will Take a New Antiwar Movement to Free Bradley Manning

By Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News

22 August 13

radley Manning was sentenced today to 35 years. Now his case enters the political arena. His supporters all wore matching shirts for the cameras, emblazoned with a call for Obama to pardon Manning. What will it take to make that a realistic possibility? READ MORE

 

Bradley Manning: 'Everything is Going to Be OK'

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

21 August 13

radley Manning, moments after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, turned to his attorney David Coombs and told him, "It's okay ... I'm okay, everything is going to be okay." Coombs said it was the first time a client had cheered him up after a verdict. As the verdict was read, Coombs' wife wept while Manning's aunt and cousin showed no visible emotion.

The courtroom erupted with chants of "Bradley, we are with you" and "We will keep fighting for you." As Manning exited the courtroom, the last voice he heard was Medea Benjamin shouting: "We love you." READ MORE

 

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Defense Asks Judge to Let Bradley Manning Have a Life

By Mark Memmott, NPR

21 August 13

rmy Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison Wednesday, according to reporters covering the trial at Fort Meade, MD. He'll get about 3 1/2 years' credit for time he's already spent behind bars. READ MORE

 

Defense Asks Judge to Let Bradley Manning Have a Life

By Nathan Fuller, Bradley Manning Support Network

19 August 13

n the final day of litigation in Bradley Manning's court martial, we saw a government dead set on persecuting a whistle-blower to deter those who he might inspire, and a defense intent on salvaging the young soldier's future. READ MORE

 

America's Upside-Down Morality

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

15 August 13

aving covered the U.S. government for nearly 36 years, I am not so naïve as to expect perfection or even anything close. But there are times when the immoral dimensions of Official Washington stand out in the starkest shades, not in variations of gray but in black and white. READ MORE

 

Scott Galindez | An Apology to Bradley Manning

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

15 August 13

ere is my reply to Bradley Manning's apology … line by line. Bradley's words in bold.

First, Your Honor, I want to start off with an apology.

First of all Bradley, it is the court, the Army, and the American people that should be apologizing to you. We failed you, not the other way around.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry that my actions hurt people. READ MORE

 

Manning Apologizes for Any Harm Done By His Actions

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

15 August 13

radley Manning took the stand and made an unsworn statement during the sentencing phase of his trial. At times he appeared to be struggling to control his emotions. Sounding nervous, he turned to the judge:

First, Your Honor, I want to start off with an apology. I'm sorry. I'm sorry that my actions hurt people. I'm sorry that it hurt the United States. At the time of my decisions, as you know, I was dealing with a lot of issues, issues that are ongoing, and are continuing to affect me. READ MORE

 

Petition Backs Pfc. Manning for Nobel Peace Prize

By USA Today

13 August 13

pacifist group has submitted a petition signed by 100,000 people online in support of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who was convicted of espionage for disclosing classified war information to WikiLeaks.

The Bradley Manning Support Network was very critical of the leaked video, pointing out that the March leak of Manning's one hour testimony was accompanied by a statement in which the leaker took full responsibility and stated that no organization was behind that leak. The Army is still investigating and to date has not made an arrest. READ MORE

 

Scott Galindez | Manning Defense Exposes a Dysfunctional Chain of Command

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

12 August 13

radley Manning's defense team called their first sentencing phase witnesses on Monday but not before Judge Lind addressed a video that shows the inside of the courtroom. The video, which opens with the voice of Daniel Ellsberg and closes with supporters chanting "Free Bradley Manning," was apparently recorded in the public overflow trailer. The judge announced that security measures in the public entrance would be increased. She also thanked most of the media and the public for following the rules.

The Bradley Manning Support Network was very critical of the leaked video, pointing out that the March leak of Manning's one hour testimony was accompanied by a statement in which the leaker took full responsibility and stated that no organization was behind that leak. The Army is still investigating and to date has not made an arrest. READ MORE

 

Video Footage of Courtroom Leaked

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

12 August 13 11:35 AM

he video (http://vimeo.com/72133833) which opens with the voice of Daniel Ellsberg and closes with supporters chanting Free Bradley Manning was determined to be recorded in the public overflow trailer. The Judge announced that security measure in the public entrance would be increased. She also thanked most of the media and the public for following the rules.

The Bradley Manning Support Network was very critical of the leaked video pointing out that the the March leaker of Manning's one hour testimony was accompanied by a statement in which the leaker took full responsibility and stated that no organization was behind that leak. The Army is still investigating the March leak and to date has not made an arrest.

Many on twitter feared the Judge would place more restrictions on the media.

The latest footage was published online by Asher Wolf, the pseudonym used by an Australian activist-journalist. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Ms Wolf defended herself against the Twitter backlash, warning Manning supporters not to "shoot the messenger".

"If they do shut down the press pool it would be indicative of the state of freedom of press in America. No journalist should have to fear the simple act of doing their job," she said, adding that the footage gave the public their first look inside the court during a "historic case".

 

Manning Judge Rejects Claim Leaks Had 'Chilling Effect'

By Associated Press

09 August 13

he judge at US soldier Bradley Manning's sentencing hearing rejected some government evidence Wednesday that the classified information he disclosed through the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks had a "chilling effect" on US foreign relations.

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John Kiriakou | Obama's Abuse of the Espionage Act Is Modern-Day McCarthyism

By John Kiriakou, Guardian UK

06 August 13

he mother of Bradley Manning, the US army private who is this week expected to be handed a long jail sentence for his role in the WikiLeaks dump of US state secrets, has said she believes she may never see him again.

Speaking after the 25-year-old was found guilty of espionage, theft and computer fraud, Susan Manning urged her son to "never give up hope".

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Bradley Manning's Mother Urges Him to 'Never Give Up Hope'

By Robert Booth, Guardian UK

06 August 13

he soldier who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood nearly four years ago will go on trial Tuesday.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who has said the United States is at war with Islam will be representing himself in court, faces the possibility of a death sentence in the military trial for the killing spree at the Texas military base.

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Investigator: Bradley Manning Leak Did Not Result in Deaths

By Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK

02 August 13

he US counter-intelligence official who led the Pentagon's review into the fallout from the WikiLeaks disclosures of state secrets told the Bradley Manning sentencing hearing on Wednesday that no instances were ever found of any individual killed by enemy forces as a result of having been named in the releases.

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Juan Cole | Top 10 Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

02 August 13

radley Manning will be sentenced today, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage (despite the lack of evidence for intent to spy and the lack of evidence that his leaking ever did any real harm). Whatever one thinks of Manning's actions, that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.

1. Manning revealed the Collateral Murder video of a helicopter attack in Iraq on mostly unarmed non-combatants (though some of those struck may have been armed), including two Reuters journalists, whose cameras were taken for weapons, and children.

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The Chilling Manning Trial

By Frank Rich, New York Magazine

01 August 13

esterday, Private Bradley Manning was convicted on multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act (which could result in 136 years of prison) but was found not guilty of the most serious charge against him, "aiding the enemy." What do you make of the verdict?

What matters here is not that Manning was found guilty of leaking - which he admitted to and will not get anything like 136 years for - but that he was found not guilty of "aiding the enemy." That "not guilty" is a good thing, but it doesn't mitigate the reality that "aiding the enemy" was a bogus and dangerous charge in the first place. The fact that the government would even pursue it is chilling to a free press.

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Bill Simpich | When Will Bradley Manning Be Released?

By Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News

01 August 13

veryone knew that Bradley Manning would be found guilty. The main question has always been about the length of his sentence. When will Bradley Manning be released?

Bradley Manning was convicted on 19 of 21 charges, plus a 20th charge for which the prosecution accepted the guilty plea. Here's the entire verdict in Manning's case.

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LIVE BLOG: Sentencing Phase Begins Today

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

30 July 13 9:35 AM

he sentencing phase in the the court-martial of Bradley Manning begins today. The defense has filed motions to merge some of the charges. The Army was given until Friday to respond. The judge announced that to date Manning will be given credit for 1,274 days of incarceration. He has spent 1,162 days in jail since his arrest and will be given additional credit of 112 days as ordered by the judge as relief for his mistreatment while in the custody of the Army. Manning's maximum sentence is 136 years, loss of rank to E-1, a dishonorable discharge, and forfeiture of pay.

 

Manning Attorney: "We Won the Battle But Not the War"

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

30 July 13

radley Manning's defense attorney, David Coombs, addressed supporters following the verdict in Manning's court-martial. "We won the battle but not the war. Bradley is not out of the fire yet," Coombs said in response to Judge Col. Denise Lind finding Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy. The judge also found Manning not guilty of leaking the Granai airstrike video, which was one of the espionage charges

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BREAKING | Manning Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

By Charlie Savage, The New York Times

30 July 13

military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act.

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LIVE BLOG: Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

30 July 13 1:05 PM

udge Denise Lind found Bradley Manning not guilty of the enemy, but found him guilty of the other 21 charges that could in total lead to a sentence of over 150 years. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin tomorrow and could last up to 4 weeks.

 

LIVE BLOG: Verdict Day

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

20 July 13

oday is the day that Bradley Manning will learn his guilt or innocence on the 21 charges the army brought against him. The most serious charge "aiding the enemy" brings with it a max sentence of life in prison. Manning has already enter a guilty plea on 10 lesser charges that could result in a 20 year sentence.

There is a strong media presence today, the media center will have 80 reporters and the parking lot has at least a half dozen satellite trucks and probably a dozen film crews. There were about 50 protesters outside the gate when I when I arrived at 10 am but that number could have grown in the last two hours.

 

Breaking: Verdict Reached In Manning Trial

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

29 July 13 3:00 PM

he judge presiding over the military court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has reached a verdict and will announce her decision Tuesday into whether he violated the Espionage Act and aided foreign terror groups by providing more than 700,000 classified documents to the anti-secrecy organization known as WikiLeaks. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Wednesday and could take up to 4 weeks. RSN will continue to provide coverage from Fort Meade throughout. SMG/RSN

 

FOCUS: Scott Galindez | Armed Intimidation of Journalists Covering Manning Trial

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

29 July 13

hen a recruit joins the military, he is frequently told that he is giving up many of his rights. Such a surrender of freedom should not be a condition for receiving a media credential to cover a court-martial.

During the first week of the Bradley Manning court-martial, RSN was not credentialed. The Army claims we were denied for not being listed as media by a media monitoring service. READ MORE

 

Why Bradley Manning's Court-Martial Matters for Civilians

By Brian Fung, The Washington Post

27 July 13

an a government employee be convicted of espionage for leaking classified information to the media? The Obama administration has charged at least seven individuals with violations of the Espionage Act, but so far none of those cases have been ruled on by a judge or jury. The military trial against WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning could therefore set an important precedent about the legal treatment of leakers.

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FOCUS | Army Ramps Up Security for Bradley Manning Trial's Closing Arguments

By Matt Sledge, Huffington Post

27 July 13

eporters have become accustomed to running a gauntlet of bomb-sniffing dogs and court-record declassification procedures to cover the trial of Bradley Manning. But secrecy and security may have reached new heights during closing arguments on Thursday.

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Yochai Benkler | Manning and Snowden Light Path for the US to Return to Its Better Self

By Yochai Benkler, Guardian UK

27 July 13

he closing arguments in the trial of Bradley Manning, where prosecutors are trying to persuade the judge that leaking to the press constitutes the treasonous act of aiding the enemy, came fast on the heels of the most significant bipartisan response to leak-based national security journalism that we have seen since the 1970s: Wednesday's vote on the Amash amendment in the House. At no time since the Obama administration launched its war on national security journalism and its sources has the critical role of leaks and journalism been clearer. Without Edward Snowden's whistleblowing and Glenn Greenwald's reporting, NSA surveillance would still have been in the dark, protected by secrecy and bolstered by the "least untruthful" lies James Clapper delivered to Senator Ron Wyden.

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Scott Galindez | Defense: Bradley Manning Sought Reform

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

26 July 13

efense Attorney David Coombs argued that Bradley Manning had no "evil intent" as was argued by the Army yesterday.

Coombs: "Is Pfc. Manning somebody who is a traitor, who has no loyalty to this country, or the flag, and wanted to systematically harvest and download as much information as possible for his true employer, WikiLeaks?

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Scott Galindez | Army Paints Manning as an Anarchist Seeking Notoriety

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

26 July 13

esterday, the prosecution attempted to paint Bradley Manning as an anarchist whose motive was self-promotion. The closing argument took seven hours.

Defense attorney David Coombs addressed supporters outside the courtroom after court recessed. "When you take seven hours to make your wild conclusions, it's a sign that you don't have a case and you are reaching. The truth will only take two hours tomorrow when we close our case."

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Manning 'Aiding the Enemy' Charge Is a Threat to Journalism

By Yochai Benkler, Guardian UK

20 July 13

hursday, Colonel Denise Lind, the judge in the Bradley Manning court martial, refused to dismiss the "aiding the enemy" charge. The decision is preliminary, and the judge could still moderate its effect if she finds Manning not guilty. But even if she ultimately acquits Manning, the decision will cast a long shadow on national security journalists and their sources.

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Team Leader Suddenly Remembers Manning Insulted the Flag

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

20 July 13

pecialist Jirhleah Showman was Manning's team leader prior to deployment in Iraq. During a counseling session with Manning, Showmen said she asked Manning why he joined the military and he replied, "To get an education." Showmen testified that she then looked at Manning, tapped the flag on her shoulder, and asked, "What does this mean to you?" Showman said Manning told her that the flag did not mean anything to him.

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Live Blog: Showman's Superiors Rebut Her Testimony

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 July 13 04:00 PM

ne of Specialist Showman's superiors, Chief Warrant Officer 1 Balanek, testified that he did not hear any reports of Manning's disloyal statements. He testified that he felt the charge was serious and should have been reported in writing.

Sergeant Adkins then took the stand. Adkins was the sergeant Showman said she reported the disloyal statement to. He did not recall ever hearing Manning make a statement that he was disloyal to America. Adkins also testified that he didn't recall Specialist Showman reporting to him that Manning said the flag meant nothing to him. Open and shut you say? Showman was lying? Not so fast.

When asked if he didn't recall or didn't remember, Adkins testified that he has suffered from memory loss since a fall in Iraq in 2004. He testified that he regularly suffered from memory loss and raised the issue with his chain of command. Adkins deployed with the unit in 2009 despite the memory loss. Showman testified that she went to Atkins on more than one occasion seeking action on Manning's statements. Adkins doesn't recall ever talking to Showman about Manning prior to deployment to Iraq.

On cross examination, the Army showed Adkins a memorandum he wrote in 2011, in which he stated that Specialist Showman properly testified that he informed Major Clausen, the officer in charge, that Manning had made disloyal statements concerning the flag. Asked by the Army why Adkins didn't file a disciplinary report on Manning prior to deployment, he testified that they needed bodies on the deployment and they felt they had sufficient systems in place to control Manning.

The document that the Army produced during cross examination was part of an appeal of a rank reduction for Sergeant Adkins. Coombs then presented him with an earlier document that conflicts with the document that said Showman correctly testified that he (Adkins) had told Major Clausen that Manning had made statements disloyal to the flag or the United States. Adkins read the document to himself and agreed that it also showed he had no knowledge at the time that Manning made disloyal statements.

On redirect Coombs also showed Adkins sworn statements regarding the investigation of Bradley Manning post-arrest. When asked if he had referred to any disloyal statements about the flag or America in the documents, Adkins asked for time to review. After about a five minute review, Adkins said no. When Coombs asked him if he would have included those allegations in the statements if he knew about them, Adkins said yes.

 

Live Blog: Manning's Team Leader Suddenly Remembers Manning Insulted the Flag

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 July 13 11:00 AM

pecialist Jirhleah Showman was Manning's team leader prior to deployment in Iraq. During a counseling session with Manning, Showmen said she asked Manning why he joined the military and that he replied, "To get an education." Showmen testified that she then looked at Manning and tapped the flag on her shoulder, and that Manning told her that the flag did not mean anything to him.

During cross examination, David Coombs asked Showman if Manning had made disloyal comments, why did she not write him up. Showman said she took the matter to her superiors, who informed her that they would handle the matter. One of those superiors is on the defense's rebuttal list.

Coombs also asked if Manning told her that you can't have "blind loyalty to a flag," and that "we have duty to all people from every country." She did not recall.

Coombs then brought forth counseling reports of sessions Showman had with Manning, including a recommendation for "soldier of the month."

After a long exchange on why she did not pursue the matter, Coombs moved to the period after Manning's arrest. Coombs then presented two sworn statements she had made to investigators. Neither statement included any mention of Bradley Manning saying he had no loyalty to the flag.

In a later written statement, she does report Manning's statement about the flag, but according to Coombs it's almost treated as an afterthought in the report.

 

Scott Galindez | Shining a Light on Truth Should Not Be a Capital Offense

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 July 13

know many people think Bradley Manning is a traitor and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Many probably say hang him. One problem with that thinking (among many others) is it wouldn't just mean punishing Manning, it would stifle anyone courageous enough to bring the truth to the light of day. READ MORE

 

Live Blog: Bradley Manning Court-Martial Day 20

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 July 13 09:15 AM

he Army's rebuttal case will continue today. Both witnesses will counter testimony on Manning's motive. One witness will testify that Manning told him/her that he would be famous someday. The witness was told this by Manning in May of 2010. What that has to do with Manning's motives at the time of the leaks is a mystery to me.

Following the prosecution's two witnesses, the defense may call witnesses as well. The scope of the rebuttal to the rebuttal has not yet been argued.

 

Manning Judge Does Not Dismiss "Aiding the Enemy" Charge

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

18 July 13

udge Denise Lind did not dismiss the "Aiding the Enemy" charge against Bradley Manning, stating that the Army did present evidence that Manning should have known, based on his training, that the enemy would be able to access the information he released to Wikileaks. She also stated that evidence was presented that Manning did know that the enemy could use the SIGACTS (mapping of incidents in a region) he leaked in the same manner that the Army uses them. READ MORE

 

The Trial of Bradley Manning: Day 18

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

16 July 13

oday was mostly procedural. The Army and the defense argued the scope of the Army's rebuttal testimony that will begin on Thursday. They also argued two of the defense motions for dismissal of charges including "Aiding the Enemy." READ MORE

 

RSN Files Lawsuit in Manning Court-Martial

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

15 July 13

e have filed our lawsuit in the Manning court-martial affair. Below you will find a copy of the suit as prepared by RSN counsel Bill Simpich.

The issue is media access, or the lack thereof. But it's broader than that. It's about your right to know. It's about the role of a free press in our democracy. And yes, it's about the well-being of a courageous young man that stood up and showed us what we are forbidden to see, and have every right to know. READ MORE

 

Amnesty International: US Must Drop Bradley Manning's "Aiding the Enemy" Charge

By Amnesty International

13 July 13

he U.S. government should immediately drop the most serious charges against Pvt. Bradley Manning, Amnesty International said today after the conclusion of all testimony in the case. READ MORE

 

The Dangerous Logic of the Bradley Manning Case

By Yochai Benkler, The New Republic

12 July 13

rofessor Yochai Benkler was the star witness in the Bradley Manning case. His stirring defense of Wikileaks was the highlight of the lengthy trial. He wrote the following op/ed in March of this year. We are also providing you links to his compelling testimony and a link to piece he wrote with Floyd Abrams, also in March. Transcripts of Professor Yochai Benkler's Stirring Defense of Wikileaks: (Part 1) (Part 2 ) READ MORE

 

Bradley Manning Defense Rests Its Case

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

10 July 13

he defense included nine witnesses and a stipulation as to what a 10th witness would have testified to. Most of the evidence presented dealt with the procedures that were used in Manning's unit. Witnesses testified that Bradley Manning was the go-to guy for producing product and for how to use their computers. The quality control officer described Manning as the best analyst in the unit for developing product.

It was established that all analysts were expected to data mine from unlimited sources. Witnesses indicated that it was not illegal to download classified information to a CD. Evidence was also presented that the use of an executable file was allowed as long as the file was not installed on the computer but was instead run from a disk. READ MORE

 

Bradley Manning's Defense: Day Two

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

09 July 13

ll three witnesses today compared leaked documents to open source information. Davis and Ganiel were clearly more effective than Hall. The major question unanswered today is how the decision of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals will affect this case. READ MORE

 

The Defense of Bradley Manning: Day One

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

08 July 13

cNamara testified that Manning told her in a chat that he was learning more about politics and philosophy so that he could better advise his superior officers so that he could save lives. He also told her that he was concerned about protecting civilians and ensuring that the troops made it home safely to their families. He talked of the value he placed on life. READ MORE

 

Lack of Transparency Means Tainted Justice for Bradley Manning

By Alexa O'Brien, Guardian UK

07 July 13

he US government rested its case against the WikiLeaks source, Bradley Manning on Tuesday, bringing to an end the prosecution phase of the most significant criminal trial of an official leaker in at least a generation. READ MORE

 

Government Rests Its Case Against Bradley Manning

By Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK

03 July 13

he lack of contemporaneous access to court documents has caused irreparable harm to the American public's right to scrutinize the conduct of military prosecutors and the rulings of the presiding military judge. This will surely taint the final outcome of Pfc Bradley Manning's trial. READ MORE

 

Judge: WikiLeaks Tweets Admissible in Bradley Manning Trial

By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Mashable

29 June 13

he judge in the Bradley Manning trial ruled that two tweets from WikiLeaks can be used against the military whistleblower. READ MORE

 

Manning Wins Round on WikiLeaks Helicopter Video

By David Dishneau, Associated Press

28 June 13

rmy Pfc. Bradley Manning disclosed potentially damaging classified information in at least 117 of the more than 250,000 State Department cables he has acknowledged sending to WikiLeaks, according to evidence prosecutors presented at his court-martial Thursday. READ MORE

 

Artists, Activists Unite at Bradley Manning Trial

By David Dishneau, Associated Press

27 June 13

lark Stoeckley is Bradley Manning's most visible supporter at the soldier's court-martial. He arrives each day in a white box truck with bold words painted on the sidets: "WikiLeaks TOP SECRET Mobile Information Collection Unit." The provocative gag even has a nonworking satellite dish and two fake security cameras on it. READ MORE

 

Obama's Infatuation with the Espionage Act

By Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News

23 June 13

efore I leave town for a week to recharge and return to the Manning trial, I wanted to address the other repressive charge Manning faces besides the count of "aiding-the-enemy" – the Espionage Act of 1917. READ MORE

 

Bill Simpich | New York Times "Aided the Enemy" Like Manning

By Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News

21 June 13

ere's the "aiding the enemy" statute that Manning is charged with. The military calls it Article 104; it is also known as 10 USC Section 904. The key phrases are highlighted: Any person who: (1) aids, or attempts to aid, the enemy with arms, ammunition, supplies, money, or other things; or (2) without proper authority, knowingly harbors or protects or gives intelligence to, or communicates or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with the enemy, either directly or indirectly; shall suffer death or such other punishment as a court-martial or military commission may direct. READ MORE

 

Fight Over Truth in Bradley Manning's Trial

By Nathan Fuller, Bradley Manning Support Network

18 June 13

fter a grueling 3 years in prison awaiting trial, 3 time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning's court martial has begun. Supporters held actions in solidarity with the heroic whistleblower. On June 1st the largest rally of supporters yet was held at Fort Meade, and throughout the week more than three dozen events were organized around the world. READ MORE

 

Public Access Fight Over Manning Trial in Maryland Court

By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press

18 June 13

government lawyer said Monday the U.S. Army has released the vast majority of court records in Pfc. Bradley Manning's case and told a civilian judge the dispute over the records had become moot. A lawyer for a constitutional rights group said there were still problems with public access and the military should make records from the soldier's court-martial available faster. READ MORE

 

William Boardman | A Public Trial, Without the Public

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

14 June 13

ublic access to the Bradley Manning court-martial doesn't exist in any meaningful sense, despite the demands of the U.S. Constitution and the Manual for Courts-Martial United States (MCM) published by the U.S. Department of Defense, which is the prosecutor. READ MORE

 

Manning Judge Rules Against RSN, Media Access

By Reader Supported News

13 June 13

eader Supported News has been targeted by the US Army and denied media credentials to report at the Bradley Manning trial. We filed a motion to intervene in the proceedings, seeking not only our credentials but also the right for the media to receive the audio and video feeds on a real-time basis. READ MORE

 

Bill Simpich | Manning Chose Documents for Release as Selectively as Snowden

By Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News

12 June 13

impich writes: "If reporters like Sanchez would take a few minutes out to review the court record, they'd realize that Bradley Manning was very selective in choosing the documents that he released to Wikileaks." READ MORE

 

Chris Hedges | The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

11 June 13

he military trial of Bradley Manning is a judicial lynching. The government has effectively muzzled the defense team. The Army private first class is not permitted to argue that he had a moral and legal obligation under international law to make public the war crimes he uncovered. The documents that detail the crimes, torture and killing Manning revealed, because they are classified, have been barred from discussion in court, effectively removing the fundamental issue of war crimes from the trial. READ MORE

 

Scott Galindez | USA = Unforgiving, Spiteful, Angry

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

11 June 13

n February 28th, Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to 10 charges that would have put him in prison for 20 years. This should have been enough to satisfy everyone, but it wasn't enough for the unforgiving, spiteful, and angry. READ MORE

 

Juan Cole | PRISM: NSA Just As Guilty As Manning

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

08 June 13

radley Manning, who spilled the beans on the US blowing away of unarmed Iraqi journalists and overlooking war crimes by the US military and allied Iraqi troops, released thousands of low-level cable messages. He has been charged by the US government with thereby being a traitor, giving aid and comfort to the enemy. It is not clear which enemy benefited from the catty remarks in some embassy cables, or how exactly their revelation harmed national security. What did happen was that millions of people in the US and around the world discovered some of the more egregious sins of commission and omission of the US government, especially with regard to Iraq. The treason charge against Manning is outrageous, and has been pursued because otherwise what he did is not obviously very serious and even a military judge might not return a severe sentence. While the scatter shot character of his revelations may be troubling, some of what he revealed was government crimes, for which Americans should thank him. READ MORE

 

Bill Simpich | Documents Reveal RSN Was Targeted by Army

By Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News

07 June 13

nother dispatch from the land of secrets - Fort Meade, Maryland, home of the Bradley Manning trial, the US Army, and the National Security Agency. I thought twice about using Google to research for this article. READ MORE

 

Matt Taibbi | As Bradley Manning Trial Begins, Press Predictably Misses the Point

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

07 June 13

ell, the Bradley Manning trial has begun, and for the most part, the government couldn't have scripted the headlines any better. READ MORE

 

William Boardman | US Army Court-Martials Constitution

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

06 June 13

he Bradley Manning court-martial that began June 3 looks like another defining moment for America - another indication of whether we are becoming the nation of supine toadies our government wants, or whether we still have enough devotion to the common good to behave in ways as decent and risky as Bradley Manning. READ MORE

 

Bill Simpich | 75% of Journalists Turned Away From Manning Trial

By Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News

06 June 13

oday, day three of the Manning trial, the public and the media were able to access the courtroom as the long reality of an 8- to 12-week trial sets in. On Monday, however, the courtroom and the media center were the sites of a virtual state of siege. If the Army press corps had properly granted credentials to the media, this case would have received at least three times as much coverage. READ MORE

 

Julian Assange | On the First Day of the Manning Trial

By Julian Assange, Reader Supported News

06 June 13

s I type these lines, on June 3, 2013, Private First Class Bradley Edward Manning is being tried in a sequestered room at Fort Meade, Maryland, for the alleged crime of telling the truth. The court martial of the most prominent political prisoner in modern US history has now, finally, begun. READ MORE

 

Scott Galindez | Bradley Manning Faces His Accuser

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

04 June 13

SN's Scott Galindez reporting from the Fort Meade Army base begins: "Bradley Manning came face-to-face on Tuesday with the man who turned him in to military law enforcement – Adrian Lamo." READ MORE

 

Self-professed "Grey-Hat Hacker" Adrian Lamo

By Kay Rudin, Reader Supported News

04 June 13

Sketch of Manning Trial (art: Kay Rudin/RSN)
Self-professed "Grey-Hat Hacker" Adrian Lamo was a feature witness for the Army. (art: Kay Rudin/RSN)

 

Bradley Manning Court-Martial, Day One: Attacks on the Media Are the Extension of the Battlefield

By Bill Simpich, Reader Supported News

04 June 13

impich reports: "We have to demand that our news outlets run the Manning story every day. We are going to federal court to make sure that all three hundred and fifty news teams are able to see the key testimony and hear the closing arguments. We have about eight to twelve weeks before the judge hands down her verdict. There is no other way." READ MORE

 

Bill Simpich | Army Succeeds at limiting Media Access to Manning Court-Martial

By Reader Supported News

04 June 13

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Courtroom Sketch of Manning

By Kay Rudin, Reader Supported News

03 June 13

Sketch of Manning Trial (art: Kay Rudin/RSN)
Sketch of Manning inside the courtroom.(art: Kay Rudin/RSN)

 

What Would You Do in Bradley Manning's Shoes?

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

3 June 13

alindez reports: "The Army's theme opens things up for the defense to inquire 'What would you do if you witnessed atrocities and had access to classified information?'' Scott Galindez, RSN READ MORE

 

Julian Assange | The Banality of 'Don't Be Evil'

By Julian Assange, The New York Times

02 June 13

he New Digital Age" is a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism, from two of its leading witch doctors, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, who construct a new idiom for United States global power in the 21st century. This idiom reflects the ever closer union between the State Department and Silicon Valley, as personified by Mr. Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, and Mr. Cohen, a former adviser to Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton who is now director of Google Ideas. READ MORE

 

Exclusive Photo of Manning's Supporters

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

01 June 13

Supporters of Bradley Manning rally outside the gate to Fort Meade on June 3rd, 2013. (photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)
Supporters of Bradley Manning rally outside the gate to Fort Meade on June 3rd, 2013. (photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)

 

RSN Files Media Access Motion in Manning Trial

By Scott Galindez and Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

01 June 13

eader Supported News through counsel William Simpich has filed a MOTION TO INTERVENE with the United States Army First Judicial District in the matter of the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Manning is facing 21 criminal charges that include "aiding the enemy" and could face a life sentence if convicted of the most serious charges. READ MORE

 

Hypocrisy Lies at the Heart of the Trial of Bradley Manning

By Gary Younge, Guardian UK

03 June 13

It is an outrage that soldiers who killed innocents remain free but the man who exposed them is accused of 'aiding the enemy'

n 2009 the American ambassador to Tunisia spent the evening at the home of Mohamed Sakher el-Materi, the president's son-in-law. By any standards the dinner was lavish - yogurt and ice cream were flown in from St Tropez - and the home was opulent. In a cable, made public by WikiLeaks, the diplomat wrote: "The house was recently renovated and includes an infinity pool ... there are ancient artefacts everywhere: Roman columns, frescos and even a lion's head from which water pours into the pool. Materi insisted the pieces are real." By Tunisian standards it was particularly obscene. El-Materi owned a tiger and fed it four chickens a day. READ MORE

 

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