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Galindez writes: "Bradley Manning's defense attorney David Coombs addressed supporters following the verdict in the Bradley Manning court-martial. "We won the battle but not the war, Bradley is not out of the fire yet." Coombs said in response to the Judge finding Manning not guilty of "aiding the enemy.""

Military Police guard courtroom while Judge Denise Lind delivers verdict in the Bradley Manning case. (Art: Kay Rudin)
Military Police guard courtroom while Judge Denise Lind delivers verdict in the Bradley Manning case. (Art: Kay Rudin)


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.

Many supporters were in tears, with mixed emotions.

Coombs expressed gratitude for the support from what he called the "truth battalion." He went on to say that he has invested three years of his life in seeking justice for Bradley and could not have done it with the support and donations from the "truth squad." He said he was excited about the next phase and is ready to go.

Judge Lind's decision to avoid setting a dangerous precedent by convicting Manning on the aiding the enemy charge will evoke a sigh of relief from news organizations and civil liberties groups who had feared a guilty verdict would send a chilling message to journalists and would-be whistleblowers.

The judge also found Manning not guilty of leaking an encrypted copy of a video of a U.S airstrike in the Farah province of Aghanistan, in which many civilians died. Manning's defense team had argued vociferously that he was not the source of this video, though the soldier did admit to later disclosure of an unencrypted version of the video and related documents.

Judge Lind also accepted Manning's version of several of the key dates in the WikiLeaks disclosures, and took some of the edge off other less serious charges. But the overriding toughness of the verdict remains: Manning was found guilty in their entirety of 17 out of the 22 counts against him, and of an amended version of four others.

Michael McKee of the Bradley Manning Support Network expressed relief that Manning was found not guilty of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, and told supporters that there is a long way to go and that they must press on.

Medea Benjamin of Code Pink said that it saddened her that "the charges brought against Manning were so severe that even without 'aiding the enemy,' Bradley is facing 136 years in prison." She expressed some relief that he was acquitted of aiding the enemy but was still "disgusted with a system that destroys the future of a 25-year-old for doing his democratic duty."

Gerry Condon, a national board member for Veterans for Peace, also expressed mixed emotions. While he too was relieved that Bradley was found not guilty of the most serious charge, he was alarmed that he was found guilty of 19 other counts, including five from the Espionage Act.

Condon said that a conviction on the aiding the enemy charge would have "sent a chilling message to soldiers and the media." He went on to draw parallels between Manning and Edward Snowden, saying it is "troubling that while the government wants to know everything about us, they don't want us to know what they are doing."

Veterans for Peace will raise their voices even louder, demanding that Manning not spend even one more day in jail.

Unlike in civilian court, the sentencing phase of the trial will be lengthy. The prosecution has submitted a list of 20 witnesses, and the defense is expected to do the same. During this phase of the trial, Manning's motives will be hotly contested. The sentencing phase begins tomorrow.

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+3 # moonrivermastiff 2013-07-30 19:31
Thsnk heavens! I was getting ready to emigrate,should Manning have been found guilty of aiding the enemy. Clearly a trumped up charge.
 
 
+1 # treadlightly 2013-07-30 20:00
I want to discuss this with like minded people. This online commentary falls far short of fulfilling this need. I need Occupy to reemerge here in Ft. Worth. Anyone else in the area know of a good hangout for political discussion? Message my avatar thingy. I will get back to you.Tonight.
 
 
+5 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-07-30 20:02
Thanks, RSN, for splendid coverage in the face of preposterous difficulties,me naces & quasi-censorshi p.
 
 
+6 # Jack Gibson 2013-07-30 20:13
Espionage, my butt! Brad Manning is NOT a spy. He did not carry out what he did on behalf of a foreign power, and he did not do it to harm his government, except for their lies and war crimes that no one has been held accountable for. His acting as a whistleblower is supposedly more serious than those war crimes, for which he will be held accountable to the 'enth degree; with probably, for him, a virtual "life sentence"; while the perpetra(i)tors of the far worse war crimes will continue to walk free. Where is the True Justice in any of this? The obvious answer is, that there is none. I hope the judge will suspend some of the sentence; but, even with that, Manning will be looking at decades in prison for, in truth, being nothing but a whistleblower. It shows just how far gone the U.S. government is, and that it has been getting worse and worse for decades, and especially since 2001. The country is increasingly being militarized, and less and less dissent and protest are tolerated, which has also been getting worse and worse for decades. There is little if any True Justice anymore; and pretty soon, considering this trend of the increasing madness of government violence and injustice, there will not be any True Justice at all. There certainly isn't any to speak of in Brad Manning's case. He will be hung out to dry to set an example in support of the more and more draconian and repressive nature of the U.S. government, preparing the way for a totalitarian lockdown of the U.S.
 
 
+2 # RMDC 2013-07-31 06:01
Yes, you are right. He is not a spy. He did not commit espionage. The judge was simply unable to understand what happened. But how could she? She is a colonel in the military who has been promised a promotion after the trial. She just took her orders and did her job. She was not an "impartial judge." She was the very definition of a "partial" judge.

Espionage is stealing government secrets in order to give them to another government or enemy. It is the same as "aiding the enemy." The judge oould not logically aquit Manning of "aiding the enemy" and then convict him of "espionage."

The truth is that Manning gave the information to the American people. Now the question is -- "are the american people the enemy of the government." the answer is "yes, definitely." The US regime has made its people its own enemy by lying to them, stealing their tax money for illeagal wars, being corrupt beyond belief. The US regime does not want the American people to know what it does. It is criminalizing knowledge of its actions.

This was a very bad trial and a very bad day for the right of people to know what their government is doing.

Thank God Manning gave his life to try to help make us free and knowing. Manning is the real hero soldier. the rest of the soldiers like judge Lind are just war slaves.
 
 
+6 # soularddave 2013-07-30 22:57
I'm eager to hear from Mr. Elsberg on this. Also, the New York Times had better have a pretty good explanation AND an editorial demanding that Mr. Manning be freed very shortly.

Mr. Manning did this on the expectation that the American people would rally behind him for exposing these TRUTHS. I'm sure this will happen. It is clear that the US Military is against the US people. They can't change this, but WE CAN - and MUST.
 
 
+3 # ptalady 2013-07-31 00:53
"convicting Manning on the aiding the enemy charge...would send a chilling message to journalists and would-be whistleblowers. ..." In what way is facing over a hundred years in prison for the espionage act not chilling??? I'm chilled, baby!
 

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