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For the latest updates of the Trial of Bradley Manning, watch the continuing coverage here.

Trial of Bradley Manning



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


K. Rudin's Courtroom Art From the Manning Court-Martial

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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 ( 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.




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".




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.




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.




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.




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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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?



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."



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.



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.



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


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 your social media marketing partner


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+133 # fredboy 2013-06-04 07:50
Bradley Manning is the first hero in a string of senseless false "wars" and institutionaliz ed atrocities. Just think about it: NO ONE else had the courage to expose the hideous wrongs witnessed by many in the military during Vietnam, Desert Storm, the current Iraq and Afghan financial ventures, and other such involvements. NO ONE. Thus the danger isn't Bradley Manning, it is the institutionaliz ed, expected cowardice of members of our military who are more afraid of being punished by the brass than they are of exposing evil and doing the right thing. That is the threat, the threat of existing, widespread, institutionaliz ed cowardice.
+106 # angry 2013-06-04 09:07
Yes, I agree, and I think Manning did us a favor. But we cannot ignore the overall problem... our politicians get campaign bribes to fund wars, and they do that well. ONLY public funding of campaigns will change that.
+35 # kumquat 2013-06-05 15:44
Actually fredboy:
I agree that Manning IS a hero and a REAL American. If people don't know what is really going on by now it can only be because they WANT to. If you think the BRASS will not pillory you for telling the truth you are BLIND. PULEEZE..How do you think I knew all about Abu Graib and Guantanamo and other locations a couple of years before it ever got anywhere near coverage by the media? How did I know the Brass was forcing conversions in frightening ways that made some soldiers fear for their lives if they did not comply? At school we all knew from out students who were terrified to speak as they saw what happened to some folks who would not convert. A fanatic is a fanatic no matter what religion they claim. con't pt 1 of 2 next page
+36 # kumquat 2013-06-05 15:45
pt 2 of 2 to fredboy:- I was still teaching and our students on leave would visit and tell us about what was really going on over there and how sick horrified they were.. Soldiers have been coming back from the start and telling us, their friends and families, but NO ONE in power will listen to them because if Americans really knew what was going on behind our backs they would rise up against these war-profiteers just like we did last time folks finally realized what was being done in our names with our tax dollars during the VietNam debacle. We were directly responsibe for the deaths of well over 5 million civilians who were just trying to mind their own business and keep out of the way of bombs and death squads... If you had friends, students or family in the military [who were not brainwashed] you knew plenty.....
+40 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-05 16:05
Fredboy, Not the first hero but one of many First Nations who have stood alone against the US colonial beast. The string of senseless wars goes back to Puritans landing at Plymouth Rock, witch murders, genocide, plundering 1st Nation resources, invading & not immigrating. 100s of millions have been killed since 1492. Not only is Bradley Manning one of few during the past 60 years which you mention but as well for the whole illegal occupation of Turtle-Island (North-America) & now the world. Daniel Ellsberg has the bravery to have revealed the Pentagon Papers in a similar fashion to Manning. Few give their all & most even protesters are playing an illegal colonial game. Manning has come to realize it, most have not.
+14 # Third_stone 2013-06-20 10:19
He is one of a long line of heroes. John Dean, Daniel Ellsberg, Russell Means, Julian Assange, there have been many heroes in a long war. Eisenhower warned us, and he told us the Viet Nam war was about titanium. Our enemies are crushing us, and getting away with it.
+106 # fredboy 2013-06-04 09:12
Thus the Manning trial is not about Manning. It is about warning all other members of our military to keep their mouths shut and never, ever report wrongdoing. Sort of throws that notion of "honor" under the bus, doesn't it?
+25 # grandma lynn 2013-06-07 08:42
If Obama can not finally pardon and release Manning, then I'd say that it's Obama warning all underlings "to keep their mouths shut and never, ever report wrongdoing." That goes along, too, with his and Nancy Pelosi's immediate (2008) position not to delve into Bush-Cheney's mechanisms to start the Iraq war, that lying. Obama is a poster-man for other stuff. Not his own person.
+5 # treadlightly 2013-07-30 08:55
I do not believe the judge will be announcing a verdict that she reached on her own. The verdict will have been carefully crafted by the shadow government who are clearly willing to go to any lengths to stay in power. Stay tuned, this is about to get very interesting.
+69 # Vern Radul 2013-06-04 09:43
Aiding the enemy? I've seen nothing to indicate that Manning in any way aided either the obama shills who will show up here condemning Manning, or Washington's war crimes.

It is also a crime to NOT expose war crimes that a person suspects or has knowledge of. At least they cannot charge Manning with committing that crime.
HUMINT Collectors MUST:

Report Suspected War Crimes Encountered during the Course of Their Duties


It IS a crime to engage in war crimes.

I'd be more interested in hearing Obama plead, while shackled to a chair in a Hague courtroom.

Since Obama was murdering innocent kids around the world during his first term and this was no secret at the time of the 2012 election, the only reasonable assumptions that can be made after the fact are that not only is Obama a terrorist by all definitions of the word, Barack Obama is a terrorist who deserves to be in prison enjoying fairer and more humane treatment than he doles out to his overseas victims with Hellfire missiles and to his American torture victims like Bradley Manning.

The man belongs in a cell, with Bush and Cheney. He is their getaway driver.

Anyone who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and is now supporting him is either
consciously and intentionally a terrorist sympathizer and supporter, or is just plain stupid.
+96 # mdhome 2013-06-04 10:50
The biggest mistake was in not prosecuting Bush and Cheny while they were still in office. That would have saved lives and put an end to the crazy notion that the military industrial complex can run the country at the expense of its citizens.
+28 # kumquat 2013-06-05 15:55
[quote name="mdhome"]T he biggest mistake was in not prosecuting Bush and Cheny while they were still in office. That would have saved lives and put an end to the crazy notion that the military industrial complex can run the country at the expense of its citizens.
You're forgetting how nasty the GOP got... anyone in the right who opened their mouth was destroyed and run out of politics forever....
+11 # grandma lynn 2013-06-07 08:45
That was cowardly of them, wasn't it, to bow to that blackmail-ish pressure.
+13 # WestWinds 2013-06-14 17:09
And who would enforce this? The problem is enforce-ability .

As I have written down through the years: I'm appalled at who and how many are so willing to turn a blind eye and participate in this travesty across the board.

It hasn't been since those who are true Left started walking out of the Democratic Party and going Green (whose ranks are swelling rapidly according to Jill Stein,)and revolts have started erupting all over the place and world against "austerity" aka PLANNED POVERTY, (even though the MSM does its very best to keep all that quiet,) have we begun to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

I do believe it's going to come; I do believe this country is going to implode triggering a world revolt (against this New World Order cum military-indust rial-government -churches complex) that a real change is going to come; the fundamental type of change that Russell Means talked about that is so needed; one that is based on good cultural values and not piggy white guy profits.

And if BHO ever decides to use Posse Comitatus against Americans on American soil (mistake of his life,) DC won't have a building left standing when the riots are over.
+2 # MidwesTom 2013-07-30 14:22
I agree with you that change is coming, big change, that will make us all much poorer. I recall the tales of my Grandparents who lost their house that they had paid for during the depression, because they could not pay the property taxes. Banks did not forgive debt, farms were lost and sold on the court house steps for $0.25 per acre. Those who entered the depression with cash were wealthy ten years later.

The problem we face today is that Obama and most of Congress are owned by Wall Street. As proof consider that after millions of homes were foreclosed, this Democratic administration decided to sell them off in lots of 10,000 at a time, selling them to their billionaire backers and Wall Street firms, who bought the homes, in most cases for less than 50% of what they are now selling them for to ordinary citizens.
+22 # kumquat 2013-06-05 15:53
Quoting Antemedius:
Aiding the Anyone who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and is now supporting him is either
consciously and intentionally a terrorist sympathizer and supporter, or is just plain stupid.

Actually it is because we Are FAR more afraid of the fascist right wing theocrats who openly say they have to get rid of 2 BILLION of us "empty mouths" and mean it. Under them total ruin would hit us harder and faster.. and irrevocably if they get into office again...Just look what they managed to destroy and pervert in just 30 years...YES it was a plan...
+16 # grandma lynn 2013-06-07 08:47
What do we do? Turn our backs on central government, become communal, use community "dollars," be islands of humanity? If the corporate world wouldn't hoot at that and ride the hog higher, it'd be a possible solution. But we walk away from government and walk away from THEM? - they walk all over us even more.
+13 # grandma lynn 2013-06-07 08:44
Would Romney have been a better president? Maybe a better businessman. Is all ethical practice gone with the wind? We can't ever expect to vote for a "leader" who is moral and cares for truth and honesty? Time for a second American revolution. Will PRISM pick up on this, my words here?
+16 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 14:35
Romney - who can't 'remember' his bullying -- who wouldn't let his poor dog in the car travelling across the country would only have been worse.

Now that's really scary!
+5 # moodymack 2013-06-23 17:48
Our "leaders" are/or rulers.?
+51 # reiverpacific 2013-06-04 10:07
Another revenge show-trial and lynching.
They may as well bring back public executions.
'Patriot(ism)' must be one of the most abused and misused word in the English lingo, along with 'Love' 'Truth' and 'Justice'.
And it seems to be getting worse!
+61 # Luis Emilio 2013-06-04 10:26
Today I read the news of a protest in Afghanistan against imprisoned and disappeared Afghans. US denied any wrong doing. That is what they want: been able to deny "any wrong doing". Manning was an obstacle for that, and any one that follows his example will be an obstacle for that deny-ability.
+19 # grandma lynn 2013-06-07 08:48
Yeah, Bradley. Our hero - he wouldn't let them do their denying.
+54 # socrates2 2013-06-04 11:21
Agree with fredboy on this one.
It's strictly a show trial of the type our school teachers used to teach us were used by Stalin and Mao against their political enemies. The law becomes transmogrified into a political weapon to give dictators "Constitutional cover" as Hitler used to tell his minions.
You can always smell an empire. These symbolic trials send their stench for miles...
+44 # geraldom 2013-06-04 11:26
What for!! We all know it's a kangaroo court and that he's already been found guilty (of something). This trial is strictly for show by our government to make it look like Bradley Manning is getting a fair trial which we all know is a bunch of BS.

Bradley Manning should have kept quiet and never have confided with anybody as to what he had done, most especially with that jerk hacker Adrian Lamo.
-96 # jack406 2013-06-04 11:33
Manning is a traitor. He exposed top secret documents to the enemy. He should be imprisoned for a long time.
If he's lucky, he won't be hung.
+5 # RobertMStahl 2013-06-04 15:28
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
+36 # blizmo1 2013-06-04 22:55
Quoting jack406:
Manning is a traitor. He exposed top secret documents to the enemy. He should be imprisoned for a long time.
If he's lucky, he won't be hung.

WHAT TOP SECRET DOCUMENTS?! The ones that exposed American atrocities? How on earth does that "aid and abet" Al Quaeda? Wikipedia aids and abets terrorists, then.

If, fredboy, Bradley Manning illegally exposed some covers and sensitive info (rather than evidence of systemic wrongdoing, as I and much of the world interpret it) -- THEN WHY AREN'T ROVE AND CHENEY AND BUSH IN JAIL FOR KNOWINGLY AND LUNITIVELY EXPOSONG VALERIE PLAME? Dozens of native intel operatives and untold arms trafficking opportunities were VANISHED because of what the f-ing president's cronies did... And you and anyone else have the sheer gall to call BRADLEY MANNING a traitor?

Your view epitomizes why America is so off-track; Obama or the next president CAN'T be surprised when we start melting down like Turkey... THAT is how far the administration is from the true heart of this country.

Bradley Manning for President, 2016!
+19 # grandma lynn 2013-06-07 08:49
Let's make that a bumper sticker that appears everywhere - Bradley Manning for President.

You can get them made online as customized stickers.
+6 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 14:40
Let's remember that al Qaeda was created by Carter and his adviser to extend the war of the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan that was encouraged by the USA drawing the nervous Soviets into Afghanistan.

So much for habitat man and his little book of nice thoughts!
+30 # kumquat 2013-06-05 16:04
Quoting jack406:
Manning is a traitor. He exposed top secret documents to the enemy. He should be imprisoned for a long time.If he's lucky, he won't be hung.

Those were NOT top secret-they were low level secrets which has been confirmed by every group that studied them and admitted by some officials... except Fox and rabid on air pundits, that is...Do your homework from more research, honey. Those papers have been gone over and over and not one operative's identity was uncovered and not one person died.. the only ones who got exposed were the politicians who were lying to us and committing multiple treasons! Much of it had actually already been published in small doese by the press anyway...
+24 # HowardMH 2013-06-06 09:51
jack406 you definitely do not understand the situation and are really showing your ignorance. The information that was leaked was only stamped as classified to keep it out of the press and protect the Army from being embarrassed again, and again, and again for doing REALLY STUDIP AND WRONG things.

Go look up the Definition of Top Secret - oh never mind you wouldn't understand it anyway.
+20 # tbcrawford8 2013-06-06 11:59
to Jack 406... I wish somewhere, anywhere, starting with you, would disclose just one "top secret document"...unl ess it was the actual criminal shame the government feared and for which any decent American, patriot or pacifist, would recoil in disgust and shame.
+25 # Phlippinout 2013-06-06 18:00
He is a hero and people like you who are willing to defend war crimes at any cost are the ones that i feel frightened for. BY the way, who is the enemy? I think the enemy is anyone who is willing to kill innocent people and feel good about it. Brad Manning is braver than you will ever be but that is just in my eyes, A hero is someone who does the right thing even when the stupid machos try to beat you in another direction.
+14 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 14:37
Then there's the dim right wing promoting murder.
+35 # Archie1954 2013-06-04 11:51
Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done. If it is not then it brings the system of justice into disrepute.
+21 # grandma lynn 2013-06-07 08:51
This should be a law school course:
Visible Justice. Study Bradley Manning's case everywhere in law schools. Make it a point to understand the heroic challenge of whistle-blowing . Then promote honoring it, defending it. It may be all we have.
+51 # DLT888 2013-06-04 12:11
Bradley Manning will go down in history as a TRUE HERO one day. After this struggle we are in now (literally between good and evil) and we WIN (which we WILL as this world event has been seen in prophecy from long ago), all the truth will be exposed and false heroes will be dethroned, and TRUE heros like Bradley Manning will rise. Even if they send this man to prison, he will forever be a political prisoner and martyr for social justice which will make him even more powerful and more of a hero.
+39 # seeuingoa 2013-06-04 13:42
What about renaming the streets where
you have the American embassy in capitals
all over the world:

Bradley Manning Avenue !
+33 # Vern Radul 2013-06-04 14:43
A Bradley Manning Memorial where the Pentagon used to be would be good.
+18 # Gord84 2013-06-04 15:02
The most powerful branch of the US government is the military. They are above the law.
+18 # tbcrawford8 2013-06-06 12:02
Then it's high time we did something about it. A good start would be to invest i education, not indenture students.
-35 # AlWight 2013-06-04 15:13
Both sides should be considered. We cannot allow anyone to disclose classified information as he or she sees fit. Lives can be lost. On the other hand, we cannot support torture and unlawful acts on our own part.
+32 # reiverpacific 2013-06-04 17:45
Quoting AlWight:
Both sides should be considered. We cannot allow anyone to disclose classified information as he or she sees fit. Lives can be lost. On the other hand, we cannot support torture and unlawful acts on our own part.

Well, well; according to credible sources, the Manning "leaks" SAVED thousands of lives in Iraq and elsewhere; but Iraq is now a nation in chaos with almost daily suicide and car bombings, war lord division of the country into territories and women driven buck to the shadow of the Buhrqa, all of which were kept in check before Hussein was silenced by a patsy judge for the Dimwits cabal. Iraq was the only Arab country in which women lived relatively free lives.
That's considering both sides in which the US and it's UK "coalition of the willing" look like shit whichever way you look at it!
Get real and look around.
+21 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 15:00
1950`s -- CIA sets up shop
1958 -- acquires Saddam Hussein as an asset.
1959 -- sends Saddan to assassinte Iraqi leader Qasim - fails - goes into exile.
1959-63 - CIA has Saddam educated in Egypt.
1963 - Saddam returns - is jailed - and released.
From here I`m fuzzy on the dates. I could look but I`m tired. ;-)
-- CIA introduces Saddam to the Baàth Party.
-- in a few years he moves up quickly and gets into power in Iraq.
-- he becomes dictator.
-- 1980`s Reagan aides Iraq war upon Iran.
-- Reagan supplies Saddam with capabilities to created poison gas and to deliver it. Fills Iraq with hundreds of advisers and military trainers as well as targeting with USA spy satellite info
-- poison gas weapon kills 3,000 Iranians defending Iran on Iranian soil.
-- over time we find out that hundreds of thousands of Kurds were killed by gas. The USA pretends not to know until GHW Bush blames Saddam in his rush to invade Iraq. Bush did not bother to mention where Saddam`s gas came from though he must have known as he was part of Reagan`s government.
-- And we continue. This is off the top but I`ve got the info. These are huge war crimes that are followed by both Bush`s war crimes and now Obama.
+31 # soularddave 2013-06-04 20:41
Quoting AlWight:
Lives can be lost.

It is widely considered that, indeed, the war in Iraq was shortened, thereby saving lives on both sides.
+39 # kumquat 2013-06-05 16:14
A soldier is required to report treason when he sees it... it's in the military training/instru ctional manual of rules. This REAL patriot did exactly what his milItary code of conduct instructs a soldier it is their duty to do! Manning did what a GOOD SOLDIER is SUPPOSED To DO. It is the military that is CRIMINALLY out of line
+14 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 15:02
Absolutely correct.

It`s in the Military`s Uniform Code of Conduct`I believe.
+12 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 14:48
Then let's talk about those war crimes that remain hidden.

Just some.
+31 # fredboy 2013-06-04 16:50
Are you aware of the fact that bank examiners reports--invest igations of banks by the bank puppet federal agencies--are classified? So please don't hit me with the "state secrets" BS. Yes, there are some critical facts and programs that must be shielded. But how many "state secrets" are really coverups?
+45 # fredboy 2013-06-04 16:52
By the way, was the airship crew that strafed and killed unarmed civilians--the ones exposed by Manning--ever prosecuted, convicted, and punished? If not, why not? And if not, then it throws the whole notion of justice, honor, and lawfulness out the window.
+12 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 15:03
No. Nothing has happened. Nothing will.
+29 # Doubter 2013-06-04 19:10
Yes, Bradley Manning is a Hero, and if I were some kind of a "Believer" I'd pray for him!
+8 # margpark 2013-06-04 21:51
There is nothing wrong with revealing stuff the government doesn't want revealed. That is what is good. Revealing something that gets another killed is what is bad. Bradley Manning was a bit indescriminate about what he put out in public. My own thinking is that he has probably suffered enough.
+14 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-05 15:37
Margpark, Every secret-holder involved in murder & resource theft will cry, "murder" when their secrets are revealed. It is a knee-JERK reaction in a colonial nation of murderous cowards who have not mustered the courage or self-knowledge to admit truth. Whenever you encounter the cry, know that you need to look at both sides & much deeper at yourself. Bradley Manning has slowed our rate of murder ever so slightly, but more-so brought us to a reflection of ourselves to which our myopic eyes are focusing. At some point in your life you have to take responsibility for the life, which you are part of. When the USA, Canada, NATO & Israel are producing illegal wars for the nightmares of the Finance-Media-M ilitary-Industr ial Complex & resource acquisition, it is not enough to remain silent.
Imagine Chief Military Judge Denise R. Lind who recognized that Bradley Manning had been 'unlawfully punished before trial' but could not bring herself to recognize the "public interest" in which Manning acted or allow him to argue this in his defence. Lind has shown herself prejudiced & incapable of acting as a judge. Is Lind implicated in the US military's murder of one million in Iraq, one million in Afghanistan, 150,000 in Libya etc. Are you helping to get the truth told? Are you working to make life fair for all by joining with those around you in mutual-aid?
+9 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 15:07
Actually this is part of the 2nd Amendment meaning.

Though the right to bear arms is the last resort to protect the USA democracy (?)the idea is that it does need protecting. That's what Manning and others just like him are doing.

However, there is a certain fallacy apparent in the Right to Bear Arms in that the country would likely just break down into civil war if arms were ever taken up.
+6 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-17 11:18
Nebulastardust, In appreciation of you comments & taking the Right to 'Bare' Arms to where we should be as a people.
0 # karenvista 2013-08-14 15:34
Quoting margpark:
There is nothing wrong with revealing stuff the government doesn't want revealed. That is what is good. Revealing something that gets another killed is what is bad. Bradley Manning was a bit indescriminate about what he put out in public. My own thinking is that he has probably suffered enough.

Even the U.S. Military has given up on your argument as they have been unable to find even one military death due to anything that Bradley Manning released.

They stated that in the trial.
+27 # blizmo1 2013-06-04 23:00
BTW -- There's a "Bradley Manning for Nobel Peace Laureate 2013" petition on MoveOn.Org, I think -- 60k signatures first few hours, worldwide!! Sign on -- Tell Obama to give his back, redidicate it to a REAL hero!
+10 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 15:09
It's a disaster that Peace Prize has had. It's now deeply tarnished and blackened (no pun or racism intended) and pitted with holes.

It has no value any more.
+8 # Vern Radul 2013-06-05 02:52
All part of obama's eleven dimensional plan to make himself and the pentagon and the military-indust rial complex and the entire "war on terror" scam look as bad as possible to foment a revolution.

They'll never see it coming. The man's a terrorist, obviously.
+13 # Nebulastardust 2013-06-12 15:11
He's just the next in line as the Dems and Repubs trade places raping our world as ruled by the Pentagon and corporate America.

Our world is but a field of oysters to be chucked.
+26 # Bruce Gruber 2013-06-05 05:59

Any disclosure of 'privileged', and therefore "secreted" information that exposes to ordinary citizens the true nature of insider shenanigans and perfidies is self-righteousl y described as an invasion of the protective cloak of secrecy.

Letting the whole world know that the American fiction of moral high ground and freedom is no more worthy of respect and admiration than any other puffery propagandized through media manipulation and 'amens'. Truth becomes doublespeaked as 'aiding the enemy'. Criticizing or exposing deceptive triple-agent provocateurs is defined as putting our people in harm's way. And revealing these 'top secret' criminal acts is attacked as espionage.

Torture, solitary confinement and secret (sometimes) and show trials (sometimes) become mechanisms for chilling dissent. Pepper spraying and arresting public assembly and dissent becomes the terrorist state's reaction. Hungary enjoyed the same control techniques used by authoritarians from Moscow. The tanks in Tienanmen Square weren't significantly different from the armored personnel carriers in the back alleys surrounding wall street Occupy parks or Swat Team phalanxes descending on seated protestors are as intimidating as police dogs used on civil rights organizers.

Fooled by this demonstration of murky, silencing fog of threatening power and intimidation ... Only blind patriots and the silent majority who shook their heads in bewilderment after Auschwitz and Buchenwald were exposed.
+20 # fredboy 2013-06-07 15:11
Blizmo1, I think you got me confused with jack406. I view Manning as a hero and the trial as a sham and a warning.

Excellent comments from so many of you. Wish America would come up for air and think about all of this.
+9 # Collkito 2013-06-08 04:25
Bradley Manning. I suspect is gone, to my shame, nothing I could say would get him free….Is Bradley Manning all our shame? Certainly mine.....
+12 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-08 22:29
Collkito, Your use of the word "shame" unclear. I write this as someone who's writing is not always clear myself. Are you suggesting that our inability to set Bradley Manning free is shameful for all of us as a people? My sense is that; you are stating that we should be ashamed of not having a democracy to set him free and for this I thank you for speaking for me too. Or are you suggesting that Bradley Manning is shameful? For this possibility to your meaning, I strongly disagree considering his brilliance & bravery for exposing war-crimes & thus making the world a better place.
+16 # James Marcus 2013-06-08 14:01
This is a Kangaroo Court. and a 'Distraction'.
It is Obama and the CIA /NSA et al, who should be On Trial.
Treason and Crimes against Humanity.
+12 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-17 12:13
James, Because of RSN & a host of other devoted social-media, Obama, the USA, Canada, NATO & Israel are the ones on trial for millions of us who follow these articles. Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange & so many others are court convenors. The evidence is presented in real-time about how corporations, governments & media lie & react through their violent teeth, out-of-control arms-dealers, resource-plunde r, lackies etc. Judge Denise R. Lind gives carefully orchestrated false 'testimony' from which we discern the movement of her cowardly puppeteers who hide behind the curtains. In the end we see a portrait of colonial society, unrepentant in our rush towards self-destructio n. & hopefully to a self-realizatio n & community collaboration.
+11 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-17 17:42
To say what is happening to us today is determined by our responses today & through the cruel & inefficient earth destroying imperial colonial structures upon which our society is built.
0 # karenvista 2013-08-14 15:44
Please everyone, don't forget the assassination of the truthteller

All our investigative reporters are being murdered or have to leave the country and report for The Guardian to escape the deadly tentacles of our intelligence agencies, and they are still harassed overseas.
+7 # WestWinds 2013-06-14 15:30
Does anybody know what is happening with the Richard Cordray appointment? All of the MSM have gone into blackout mode. I really need to know.
+7 # WBoardman 2013-06-15 10:40
Still blocked by Republicans, apparently.
+11 # BKnowswhitt 2013-06-21 21:38
It is a Kangaroo Court. Manning goes against the authoritarian system. The media did little to inform americans about the war they helped cook up for Bush. After the fact they are all in on it. Do you see any objection in the present climate to it all? The answer is no. When you join the military you give up your rights as a citizen. One is then under military rule. And it's laws. Obama could pardon him after the fact which would be political suicide for him and the Dems which he wont' due so unfortunately this guy will pay the full price for his actions ... and we should applaud his conscience and bravery to go against the grain .. something our media failed to do after 9/11... and that includes the NY Times ......
+10 # wrodwell 2013-06-24 02:56
Were the crimes committed at Abu Graib prison in Iraq less criminal because they were exposed to public knowledge? If the US Government is secreting evidence of war crimes from the public, should not such a government be held legally responsible for those crimes when they are revealed? We seemed to think so after the end of WW 2 when German and Japanese politicians and military leaders were held responsible for war crimes on their watches. The murders of civilians at My Lai in Vietnam were brought to light by military men of integrity and courage even as their own government and military wanted to keep My Lai a secret. Were those soldiers punished for revealing the My Lai war crimes? If not, why punish Bradley Manning or others who revealed similar unnecessary killings in Iraq and elsewhere? Why should other governments and other militaries be subject to punishment while the US holds itself up as an exception?
+2 # amye 2013-06-26 15:58
Where is the latest story on this trial?? RSN promised to cover it. Especially since the main (lame) stream media was not! Apparently, they are too busy with the Zimmerman circus trial! Not that the Manning trial isn't a joke too. Makes me question RSN!
+7 # Scott Galindez 2013-06-29 11:01
We have been keeping you up to date and will be back at Fort Meade next week...We finally have been approved for credentials. Bill Simpich plans to be back for the Manning testimony. This message was posted on the 26th they day they returned from a week recess...
+8 # da gaf 2013-06-28 13:20
-2 # hoosierinva 2013-07-02 14:18
jack406 for President!
+2 # FDRva 2013-07-06 15:01
I did not think that Hillary would be as adamant about protecting the Admin's ass--when it comes to this obvious fascistic stuff.

The Democratic base has much to think about.
+2 # Douglas Jack 2013-07-30 12:29
Hillary is a war monger in everything she has done. Not the kind of war-criminal one wants in charge.
+7 # Pancho 2013-07-09 04:21
I am reminded that Lt. Calley, who was in large part responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Vietnamese elderly men, women and children at My Lai, never did a day behind bars.

Contrast that with Bradley Manning, who has pleaded guilty to offenses that could cause him to be sentenced to 20 years, who is facing charges that could result in a death penalty sentence.

Contrast that to the trial of Jeff Olsen in San Diego two weeks ago who could have been sentenced to 13 years in prison for doing chalk drawings on a public sidewalk, four months before charges were filed against him.

Can anyone explain why this is called a "justice" system?
+4 # 2013-07-18 13:53
What is wrong with the system? PLENTY....How can we help and put pressure where it needs to be placed.
+4 # Starheart 2013-07-21 12:26
+4 # treadlightly 2013-07-30 11:41
Not guilty of aiding the enemy, No shit Sherlock. Exposing the enemy is more to the point.
Free Bradley Manning.
+1 # NAVYVET 2013-07-30 12:06
The FLAG?? I honor the US Constitution and its amendments, which contain words that reach the mind and can be rationally understood, discussed, and amended if they need changing.

But what is a flag? A piece of cloth, a symbol.

I admire but don't worship the Constitution. However, it contains the political ideas that create liberty and justice (when actually applied) and I can understand why some persons may treat it as a religious icon. That bothers me, but I wouldn't consider it quite the same as worshiping an idol.

But whoever worships a piece of cloth, a mere SYMBOL of an idea, is an idolator! Worshiping idols is certainly not encouraged (or even allowed) by Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or any other major religious faith. So if an idolator also claims to follow any organized religion, that makes him/her a hypocrite, too!
+5 # tedrey 2013-07-30 12:14
I Find Bradley Manning Innocent.

Let our verdict march through the comment pages until it drowns out this self-serving and perverted military injustice.

We Find Bradley Manning Innocent!

Pass it on.
+3 # NAVYVET 2013-07-30 12:16
I would like the film JUDGMENT AT NUREMBURG to recirculate on TV and in theaters. In the meantime, rent it and watch it! It's shows the best of American ideas and ideals.

Some of you may remember the impact it made in the 60s when it came out--truly a film to stimulate thought and discussion! I was in the Navy, attended with fellow officers, and we were so mesmerized we stayed up all night talking--not really arguing, since we all shared similar feelings and felt that the movie drew a clear line between LEGAL, PERMISSIBLE, MORAL and ILLEGAL, IMPERMISSIBLE, IMMORAL use of judicial power. I'd been raised in the South and was all too aware of illegal or phony "justice," but I learned a lot more from this film. It woke me up in many ways.
+2 # Douglas Jack 2013-07-30 12:22
Judge Denise R. Lind as a representative of the US Army, United States of Army (Finance-Media- Military-Indust rial-Complex) people & government have been found guilty by the people of the world of Crimes Against Humanity for their conduct in the illegal manufactured wars against Iraq, Afghanistan etc. including most significantly the torture, persecution & false 'show' trial of whistle-blower PVT Bradley Manning, intelligence officer who exposed these crimes against humanity.

As a consequence, the US of Army, corporations & its citizens are now shunned by the world's people as linked to murdering, irresponsible & earth-destroyin g practices. Considering this aggravated assault follows in the wake of hundreds of illegal manufactured aggressions & wars (mostly undeclared) against nations around the world, including the sovereign 1st Nations of the Americas, it will take a full apology & redress.
+1 # Vardoz 2013-07-30 13:17
Oh no! What an abuse of power!
+2 # giraffee2012 2013-07-30 14:56
Clearly (a term my college math teacher used when he understood the final solution) the U.S. government does not believe in whistle blowers.

Thus, no matter what the Judge determines for sentencing, Bradley Manning will not ever be free --

Oh wait, one more Manning, Snowden and the government may be FORCED by public to at last realize it must recognize the difference between traitor and whistle blower (????) but maybe not in Manning's life time.

No matter what the government promises Snowden if he returns to USA -- he should not return because he is not considered a "whistle blower" by USA govt - even though Snowden proved the USA is spying on all it's citizens making "private and secret deals" with Google and any internet provider and virus scan companies and clouds and the list goes on and on.

I'm sure this post is recorded someplace but I'm so old - by the time the government decides to get rid of my first amendment rights - but wait: I'm in such good health and so active..... but I digress
+2 # Kathymoi 2013-07-30 17:08
If Lind found Bradley Manning innocent of the "aiding the enemy" charge, perhaps there is some hope for his life after all. Perhaps she will be more lenient than we thought in the sentencing all together, since she has already asserted that his disclosures did not aid "the enemy", and since the trial revealed that he alerted appropriate channels within the army several times of the crimes he was seeing and the concerns he had about them and that the army did nothing about the crimes or concerns. Perhaps she will see his case as a whistle blowing case, after all. ----And, I still want to know about the perpetrators of the war crimes? Are there going to be charges brought against those who committed war crimes---such as the ones revealed in the collateral murder video and the ones revealed in the disclosure of the knowledge of the collateral murder video by officers in the army who did not take appropriate action about that?
+2 # jabo1941 2013-07-30 17:22
Let that be a lesson to all of us! I am sure Edward Snowden has been following this charade with rapt attention wherever he may be and won’t be repatriating himself any time soon.
So, I close by paraphrasing the immortal words of JFK, “Ask not what your government is doing to you. Don’t look, don’t listen, and don’t say anything.” As you read this, a House Committee is considering replacing the bald eagle as the symbol of our great nation with the ubiquitous three monkeys.
0 # ishmael 2013-07-31 10:03
Wars tend to be corrupt.
Some people are surprised at this??
0 # Sweet Pea 2013-08-14 10:40
My old grandma often said "The Bible says Be Sure Your Sins will find you out." I guess our government never realized that it applied to them.
+1 # Servelan 2013-08-24 16:47
Bradley Manning is no more. Chelsea Manning would like you to refer to her in her preferred gender, female, use feminine pronouns, and use her proper name of choice.

Why is that so hard to do? Why be so disrespectful to someone who risked, and now faces, prison to bring the truth into the light? Call her by her proper name!
+1 # 2013-08-24 23:23
Sorry to pester better change name to Chelsea. Or will RSN wait for her/him to realise an op will move chelsea to female prison so no fillup for her except on conjugal days.
0 # fdawei 2013-08-26 23:11
RSN, Marc Ash...

0 # Scott Galindez 2013-08-27 13:51
We are transitioning.. most of the reporting here is on events that occurred Chelsea Manning was Bradley Manning...the statement that Coombs read from Manning that will be part of the filing for a pardon was signed Bradley Manning...Durri ng the press conference Coombs referred to her as Brad or Bradley. We will honor the request but to be accurate we will not re-write the past.

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