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RSN'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."

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

Bradley Manning Faces His Accuser

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

04 June 13


RSN Special Coverage: Trial of Bradley Manning

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radley Manning came face-to-face on Tuesday with the man who turned him in to military law enforcement - Adrian Lamo, a convicted computer hacker, who testified about the six days of computer chats he had with Manning in May of 2010.

David Coombs, Manning's defense lawyer, used the cross-examination of Lamo to show his client's true motivations for leaking hundreds of thousands of government documents. Lamo also testified to Manning's state of mind.

During the chats, Manning told Lamo that he had decided to leak the information as a way of instigating a worldwide debate.

Lamo, dressed in black, told the court that he was a" grey-hat hacker," meaning he would hack into systems without malicious intent.

When asked by Coombs if Manning had indicated in the course of the conversations that he knew the witness had donated to WikiLeaks, Lamo said he had. Coombs pressed further. "He told you he reached out to you as someone who might understand him?" Coombs asked.

"That is correct," Lamo replied.

Lamo agreed that at the time of their chats Manning described himself as an emotional wreck who thought his life was falling apart and was considering suicide. Manning said he was too traumatized to care what the consequences to him would be. He was more afraid of being misunderstood.

Coombs asked, "[Manning] told you he was the kind of person who would always investigate the truth?"

"That was something I could appreciate," Lamo said.

Lamo admitted that Manning told him that it was important the information got out, and that if it got out it might actually change something. Coombs then elicited a series of responses from the Manning-Lamo web chats: In summary, Manning told Lamo that he did not believe in good guys and bad guys anymore, only a plethora of states acting in self interest. Manning thought he was maybe too idealistic. Based on what he had seen, Manning said he couldn't let the information stay inside. He said he felt connected to everybody, that we were all distant family. And he said he cared.

Manning called himself a humanist and said he had custom dog tags where he had written humanist on the back. Pfc. Manning said that we are all human and we are killing ourselves and no one seems to care. He was bothered that nobody seemed to care, that apathy was far worse than active participation. He said that he preferred the painful truth over blissful fantasy.

To each of these statements above, Lamo replied: "He did."

At one point Lamo admitted that it wasn't lost on him that he and Manning were a lot alike.

During Lamo's questioning by the prosecutor, he focused on the technical issues surrounding the chats rather than their content.

Lamo came under fire in 2010 for turning in Manning. Manning supporters called him a "snitch" and a "rat." What would have happened had Lamo not gone from grey-hat hacker to government informant and turned Manning over to the authorities?

This report is being filed from the Fort Meade Bowling Alley, as we are still not allowed in the Media Center where other journalists are allowed to file their reports.

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+70 # Lowflyin Lolana 2013-06-04 21:38
Thank you so much Scott for your reporting.

Bowling Alley or no, this case is going down in history. This is where it's happening. Right now.
+5 # anntares 2013-06-04 21:44
Check out BradAss87 on Facebook
+89 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-04 22:24
When any soldier or person is held without trial for coming on 3 years, is tortured over years to extract false confession, is denied habeas corpus, is declared guilty by a sitting president before any judicial process, is denied counsel from the beginning, is following superior human laws of greater import & status, than for which he is being charged, then these violations of military & civil law render the judicial process, pleas & judgments to be null & void under the laws of all nations including the USA rogue nation.
Manning approached his superiors, at great risk to his life, tested the waters to see if they would be responsible to receive communication about war crimes. For many reasons typical in a culture of fear & loathing, these supposed 'superiors', were completely unable to receive or process such vital information. Bradley Manning understanding the complete failure of the US war machine & all individuals within it to fulfill human obligations under all national & international treaties, then considered his responsible options of which only one choice remained. cont'd
+91 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-04 22:26
Given: the evidence of war crimes & his obligation to report both as a soldier to his superiors & as a human being to the human-race:
1) if Manning pressed for resolution at a superior level, the information would be suppressed by superiors & himself discharged in the process. This choice does not resolve his obligation as a soldier or as a human.
2) Manning's remaining choice as a responsible human being in a completely rotten system with little time or resources was to didact the information for possible exposure of innocents, which he did to the limits of his capacities. In a rare opportunity precipitous to Manning's own research & connection with Julian Assange, Manning arranged for further vetting of files to eliminate exposure of innocents & then its worldwide release.
The USA has pushed its criminality beyond limits of all human standards. Manning & Assange decided to give the human race information essential to its survival & further evolution. Manning & Assange on behalf of innocents everywhere, present & future generations decided to act responsibly in the release of information upon which the survival of the human race is dependent as well as for all life on earth.
+74 # Activista 2013-06-04 23:30
... we are all human and we are killing ourselves and no one seems to care. He was bothered that nobody seemed to care, that apathy was far worse than active participation. He said that he preferred the painful truth over blissful fantasy...
Nominate Bradley Manning for the Peace Nobel Price ... nobody did for Peace as this brave moral man ...
+15 # tedrey 2013-06-05 12:18
Or perhaps the range of whistle-blowers that have been persecuted deserve a joint award.
+4 # AMLLLLL 2013-06-05 18:18
There is a petition you can sign with RootsAction:

Wouldn't that be so coooool!
+71 # L H 2013-06-04 23:35
Thank you, Scott, thank you RSN! This is such important coverage. The pressure of public opinion may help Manning. We need to know. This cannot be silenced. Manning is a Hero, and Julian Assange must be cleared.

The corruption of an illegal & murderous war had to be exposed. When are military & government wrong-doings confessed? Do they never say, we did wrong? Shouldn't it be the war machine and its politicians on trial?

Maybe, by the end of this, the results will be the same because in our eyes the military and the government, including this administration, IS ON TRIAL here!
+29 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-06-05 05:43
Soooo frustrating for real McCoy, truthtelling reporters (unlike 'mess' media MSDers, manipulators, spinners, distractors), to not be able to be present at this anything but true justice for Brad or humanity seeking military tribunal.

Thankfully, transcripts have been made available on Brad's past proceedings, through justice activist Alexa O'Brien, who, with no recording devices allowed, transcribed by hand. Today, in the U.S. of (greed and power) A.(ddiction), a.k.a. POLICE STATE AIN'T GREAT, it takes courage and determination to truthfully report on our heroic whistleblowers and truthtellers, like Brad M. and Julian A..

One ray of hope - truly massive signings, from folks across the globe, of a petition to award Brad with the Nobel Peace Prize is already occurring. With such mass support, Brad has already been, in fact, been deemed a Nobel Peace winner.
+18 # no jojo 2013-06-05 05:45
And Obama and Bush team go scot free. It did work just fine for the military since Saint Manning got arrested, no one dared to do the same. Americans are mostly made up of whimps! Land of freeloaders and Land of one brave man :^(
+51 # walt 2013-06-05 05:58
And the biggest question remains unanswered:
Why have Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz never faced a formal investigation for lying the nation into the Iraq invasion that cost us 4500 soldiers' lives, over 100,000 injuries and $3 trillion debt? Yet we will prosecute a low ranking soldier for blowing the whistle on what went on in the war.
+16 # dickbd 2013-06-05 13:47
Hey, let's not just count American casualties here. It is estimated by reputable sources that over a million Iraqis died, and I think three million fled the country!

Remember "Shock and Awe"? That didn't only kill bad guys, and our mainstream news anchor waxed ecstatic over that, including even Dan Rather!

I love this country, but we citizens need to take a more active interest to prevent such atrocities.
+26 # turtleislander 2013-06-05 06:14
This is so impressive. Manning is the one for the Peace prize indeed. It is now time for the San Francisco Pride committee to stop being nervous lapdogs to unseen masters and allow the legitimate nomination of Bradley Manning be reinstated as grand marshal of the Pride parade in San Francisco. He and Assange both have unveiled the rogue states, as well as the multiple repeats in Iraq and Afghanistan of My Lai(a horrible massacre of a small Vietnamese village by US soldiers). In those days though, Americans and the mainstream news was outraged.
+40 # Collkito 2013-06-05 06:50
Manning is a peculiar hero, without firing a shot or throwing a hitting a few keyboard strokes he released truth from it's hellish imprisonment... .a good man, many f us are very grateful for the cyber courage and new generation of warriors for the common good.
+16 # MariRaho 2013-06-05 08:50
Thank you Scott and RSN - bowling alley or no - please keep up the good work!
+10 # David Starr 2013-06-05 09:15
Why did Lamo really snitch on Manning? Was he threatened? Bribed? A slime ball? Doing his duty?

I'm highly doubting the last question. The first three may be combined, or not.
+15 # tbcrawford8 2013-06-05 09:52
Congressional hearing: Military big guns, hiding behind their ribbons, all in a row refusing to accept outside, trained legal opinion to protect our volunteer soldiers from basic protection from sexual predation. Afraid to trust others.

Military courtroom: Bradley Manning, his attorney, a few hand-picked media, no decorations, a young man, quietly telling us decency and truth matter. What more can one do for one's country and our fellow humans? We must stand up for each other.

Who do you respect and admire?
+21 # reiverpacific 2013-06-05 10:21
Scott; have you found out which of the so-called media have been given access to the media centre -I'm dyin' to find out!
What all this shows is that being a fink is officially approved: Ronald Reagan was the highest ranking holder of that dubious title, being a "snitch" on his Hollywood peers to Joe McCarthy's "Un-American activities" bullying committee.
So who is being "Un-American" here?
From the past records, Manning, in being truthful and a humanitarian. is extremely "Un-American" to his eternal credit but downfall.
I mean, look at all the war and social criminals walkin' about free and getting richer, one of the worst and most dim-witted having a library as a memorial to his reign of error and terror.
Ergo, it looks black for Manning even with a good attorney.
Look at the great ones who have received Nobel Peace Prizes in prison, like Ansan Suki and Nelson Mandela, both under house or prison arrest by tyrannical Fascist-Militar y dictatorships. -Sound familiar?
And the other recipients like Kissinger and, yes, Obama, who tend to render it almost worthless. But giving it to Manning (and young Malala) would restore some of it's credibility, flying in the face of what has more and more become a near-Fascist US tyrannical dictatorship (I have lived in two Fascist countries and visited others, all supported and armed by the US, so I know something about this much-misused name).
Some good news; the UK government is 'considering' granting Assange passage to Ecuador.
+2 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-07 22:38
I hate to say this but, as long as Julian is in the Ecuador embassy in Britain, he has center stage for capturing world attention to Wiki-Leaks & the criminal war crimes of the USA, Canada, NATO & Israel as war-mongers. As well Assange is delivering timely world analysis to alternative media by being in the cross-roads of world politics in Britain. Assange is safer in the British embassy than in Peru, where NATO thugs can send hired guns anytime they choose & believe me sooner than later. Assange would have to go to Russia or China for safety, but could never be as effective as he is being now in the center of the storm. Thank you Julian for being one of the most effective agents of change for getting the world off this track to destruction.
+4 # Scott Galindez 2013-06-05 11:32
We are still working on obtaining a list...their latest responses was that they are working on it...
+5 # Hacienda View 2013-06-05 13:33
reiverpacific - Where did you find out that the British Government is 'considering' granting Mr Assange free passage to Ecuador? That really would be a major U turn by William Hague and our government. I think I'd have a party.
+3 # DLT888 2013-06-06 12:23
Manning's soul is unblemished from this. As for the rest --- I pity the karmic train that will crush them on the tracks.

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