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Galindez writes: "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.'"

Bradley Manning is escorted out of the court room. (photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)
Bradley Manning is escorted out of the court room. (photo: Scott Galindez/RSN)


Army Paints Manning as an Anarchist Seeking Notoriety

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

26 July 13

 

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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."

Attorney Michael Rattner from the Center for Constitutional Rights told RSN that "what we saw today was an effort to smear Manning's character. We never heard any evidence throughout the trial that Manning was an anarchist. The evidence showed that Manning was upset with what he saw and wanted to spark a debate on the war. In no way did the evidence show Manning was out for self promotion."

Major Ashton Fein made the closing argument for the Army. He opened by saying that Manning violated a special trust that the Army puts in all-source intelligence analysts. He described Manning as someone who cared for no one but himself and was seeking notoriety.

Fein immediately contradicted himself by arguing that while Manning was seeking ways to remain anonymous, his real motive was to become famous.

Fein never explained why Manning would, in chats with Julian Assange, talk about guaranteeing that his identity be protected if he had been seeking fame. Fein also went into all the steps Manning took to keep his identity secret. Manning scrubbed his laptop in a seven-step process to try to erase all the data that allegedly leaked prior to January 2010.

As Fein went over charge after charge, he claimed to know at the end that Manning thought each leak was building his rise to fame. On two occasions the prosecution showed a picture of a smiling Manning while on leave in January of 2010. Fein claimed it showed that he wasn't a troubled, naïve young man, but was ecstatic because he had just made his first leak to Julian Assange. They concluded this without any evidence to back it up.

Describing the photo of Bradley Manning, the prosecution stated, "This is a picture of a person who thought he was finally becoming famous."

The Amy claimed Manning's real goal was to create "worldwide anarchy." They claimed the quote came from chats with Lambo, but Manning supporters are saying the quote is taken out of context, that Manning said that diplomacy was creating worldwide anarchy. Fein also claimed that Manning thought the collateral damage video was "cool," when in fact it troubled him that the Apache pilots thought it was cool.

Major Fein wrapped up his case alleging that "Bradley Manning is not a whistleblower, he is a traitor."

The courtroom erupted with supporters telling Manning he is a hero, and to not let the lies get him down.

The defense will begin their closing argument at 9:30 a.m. today.

I spent my day with pad and pen in the courtroom, and was not at the designated media center. Reports from the media center paint a picture of increased press intimidation.

Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network reported the following:

New intimidation tactics in Ft. Meade press room

Unlike ever before, armed soldiers paced around the media center today, creepily monitoring reporters' use of the Internet despite the fact that Ft. Meade had shut down WiFi in the center when court was in session and banned wireless hotspots. These soldiers reprimanded various journalists for simply having web pages open, and lurked over our shoulders. When asked why, they merely said they had to ensure we didn't transmit any information while not in recess. When told they were creeping us out, they said they would continue anyway. They also used scanning wands to search us for electronic devices upon entry and emptied our bags – a first in the media center.

Scott Galindez was formerly the co-founder of Truthout, and is now the Political Director of Reader Supported News.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

 

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+34 # fredboy 2013-07-26 08:13
Imagine truth being persecuted in a kangaroo court setting. My question is whether history will view this as a parody or a tragedy...or both.
 
 
+24 # WestWinds 2013-07-26 08:42
I feel sorry for Manning. Military courts are nothing but show courts; they already have decided the outcome (usually for political reasons) and they are rarely interested in anything but maintaining a power base. Manning is a hero and this court (as are the rest of the courts in this country these days) is a joke.
 
 
+6 # tedrey 2013-07-26 08:45
Try to get Bradley Manning's sentence reduced, at least. Go to:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#all/1401b1bb82c78f31
 
 
+11 # David Starr 2013-07-26 09:21
Quoting Galindez: "...the prosecution attempted to paint Bradley Manning as an anarchist whose motive was self-promotion."

Self-promotion? This is typical bullshit coming from a status quo that has tried to discredit those daring to challenge its "sacrament."

Sometimes the tone of an amateur psychiatrist is used in its propaganda for more of an impact against the "target."
 
 
+24 # tomtom 2013-07-26 09:26
When courtrooms are closed to the public, with no live streams for Americans to view our taxed paid systems of Justice, it becomes obvious that the people aren't anti-government ; clearly,the government is anti-people! Treating Americans as the enemy isn't an advisable policy.
 
 
+19 # reiverpacific 2013-07-26 09:29
My Gawd!
It sounds like a Joe McCarthy redux!
The overtly paranoid and poisonous "Creating worldwide anarchy" accusation and it's obviously stage-managed smear on Manning, is not unlike the old Un-American Activities prelude to their show trials, "Are you, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party"? I've faced this personally, as recently as the late 1970's and again 1985 when I applied for a work permit -but they never asked about any Nazi/Fascist affiliations.
It's also quite similar to Roland Freisler's -Hitler's notorious "Blood Judge"- haranguing of the accused and soon-to-be-conv icted and executed defendant in front of the People's Court, including the part at the end of the article about the soldiers (S.S./Gestapo) frisking and menacing journalists!
This, in the 21st century in an alleged "Democracy" -military court or civil, illustrates one of the many differences between an "industrialized " nation and a "Civilized" one!
Can Medievalism and the "Auto-da-fé" be far behind?
 
 
+29 # Milarepa 2013-07-26 09:54
Bradley Manning has shown incredible strength through his long ordeal. On recent pictures he looks relaxed and confident. I hope he remembers that no matter what the verdict will be - and it will probably not be insignificant - it will not stand. This man has already served a long time in prison, under horrible conditions. He deserves to be free now! Free Bradley Manning!
 
 
+9 # Adoregon 2013-07-26 11:03
More jive-ass honkey bullsh*t from a corrupt system that deserves to be exposed.
 
 
+5 # Phlippinout 2013-07-26 16:27
Perfectly defined, thank you!
 
 
+15 # tbcrawford8 2013-07-26 12:19
Has our government no shame? I too lived through the McCarthy era; This is worse...and it's only just getting started. rip america.
 
 
+4 # kalpal 2013-07-27 04:51
You will never be promoted to a position of power by any government if you are not a shameless and willing liar. The prosecution attorney amply demonstrated my point.
 
 
+1 # RMDC 2013-07-27 08:13
Good point. You are exactly right.
 
 
0 # lark3650 2013-07-28 06:19
Bradley Manning is not a traitor. He is an American hero who had the courage to stand up for what is right....courag e and truth...somethi ng that is becoming unrecognizable.
 

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